Cubs Go Down Swinging – Cubs 1, Cardinals 6

Game One Hundred Twenty-Three – Cubs 1, Cardinals 6

WP – Adam Wainwright (14-7) LP – Edwin Jackson (7-13) Save – None

Adam Wainwright predictably dominated the Cubs on Sunday and Dale Sveum’s team lost the series finale to the Cardinals. The Cubs dropped two of three to St. Louis and were outscored 10-8 over the three game series.

The Cubs managed only two infield singles over the first 5 2/3 innings of the game. Wainwright faced just one over the minimum before issuing a two-out walk to David DeJesus (0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored). Junior Lake (3-for-4 with a double and a RBI) cut the Cardinals’ lead to 3-1 with a double off Wainwright that plated DeJesus. But the Cubs pen could not keep the Cardinals from tacking on in the seventh.

Carlos Villanueva (two runs on one hit with a walk in 1/3 of an inning) struggled again out of the pen. Villanueva issued a four pitch walk to Allen Craig then gave up a double to Yadier Molina. Dale Sveum went to the pen for his lefty to face Jon Jay. James Russell served up a three-run opposite field shot to Jon Jay (2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and four RBI) that turned a two-run game into a 6-1 advantage for the Cardinals and put the game out of reach.

The Cubs offense was non-existent again. The Cubs struck out 14 times on Sunday and managed only one run on six hits with four walks. The Cubs were 0-for-6 with RISP and left seven men on base.

Edwin Jackson was not bad on Sunday, but he was not good either. Jackson completed six innings after it appeared he would not be long for the game after a 36-pitch second inning. The Cardinals had runners on base throughout Jackson’s outing. Jackson faced 29 batters in six innings and ended up needing 117 pitches, 70 for strikes, to make it through his start. Jackson was charged with three runs, one earned, on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Michael Bowden and Kevin Gregg pitched scoreless innings.

The Cubs defense had a good day. Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo turned in excellent defensive plays in the fifth and Starlin Castro had one of his better over all games in the field. Castro went 1-for-3 with a walk at the plate.

Dale Sveum and James Russell were ejected in the seventh inning after homeplate umpire Phil Cuzzi called Donnie Murphy out on a check swing. Murphy did not offer at the 0-2 pitch and Sveum said after the game it was easily the worst check swing call he’s ever seen.

With Sunday’s loss (7-13 on Sundays in 2013), the Cubs dropped to a season low 17 games under .500 with a 53-70 record.

After a very quick first inning in which both pitchers faced the minimum, Edwin Jackson struck out Allen Craig swinging (0-2 pitch) to start the inning. The Cubs pitched to Yadier Molina and he doubled down the left field line. Jon Jay followed with a double to left (2-1 pitch), Molina scored and the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead. Kolten Wong followed and lifted a 3-2 pitch to center. Junior Lake drifted back and seemed to have a play on the routine fly. Lake did not put himself into position to catch the ball in the sun, the ball hit off the side of his glove and the Cardinals had runners on second and third with one out. Jackson intentionally walked Daniel Descalso to load the bases.

Adam Wainwright stepped in with the bags loaded and one down … and popped Jackson’s first pitch to DeJesus in left for the second out. Matt Carpenter drove a 1-0 pitch back up the middle and past a diving Castro into center. Jay and Wong scored, 3-0 Cardinals. With runners on second and third, Carlos Beltran grounded out to second (3-2 pitch) to end the inning. Jackson needed 36 pitches to get through the second inning, and threw 49 pitches, 30 for strikes, over the first two innings.

The game remained 3-0 through the third, fourth and fifth innings. While the Cubs tried to get the ball out of the infield, the Cardinals put runners on base in every inning against Edwin Jackson. Jackson’s pitch count continued to mount with not having a clean inning.

The Cubs’ hitters offered very little resistance against Wainwright and he needed only 65 pitches, 49 for strikes, to complete five innings of work. The Cubs managed only two infield singles in the first five innings.

Edwin Jackson muddled through the sixth and kept the Cardinals off the board. Jackson gave up a two-out single to Adam Wainwright in the sixth and walked Matt Carpenter but Beltran flied out to center to end the inning.

Adam Wainwright made quick work of Barney (flyout to center) and pinch-hitter Logan Watkins (pop out to second) to begin the sixth. David DeJesus worked a walk and scored on a double to left center by Junior Lake … the Cubs first run since Friday. With the Cubs down 3-1 and Lake on second, Rizzo was caught looking at a low 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs trailed 3-1 after six innings.

Carlos Villanueva struggled again out of the pen. Matt Holliday smoked a line drive toward left center that Starlin Castro made an excellent leaping catch to take a hit away from Holliday for the first out. Villanueva then walked Craig on four pitches and could not put Molina away. Villanueva jumped ahead of Molina 1-2 but Molina worked a full count which started Craig from first. Molina hit the ball through the hole vacated by Barney. Craig held at third on Molina’s second double of the game. Sveum went to his pen for James Russell to face Jon Jay.

James Russell could not get the job done. Jay hit a towering homer to left and put the game out of reach with a three-run shot … 6-1 Cardinals on just the first homer given up to a lefty this year by James Russell. Russell retired Wong (flyout to right) and Descalso (swinging strikeout) to end the inning.

The Cubs appeared to have something going in the seventh against Wainwright before homeplate umpire Phil Cuzzi killed the possible rally. Schierholtz and Castillo reached on back-to-back singles to start the seventh. Donnie Murphy stepped in and checked his swing on a 0-2 offering. Murphy was called out by Cuzzi on a call that was not close. The Cubs bench yelled at Cuzzi because he did not ask for help. Dale Sveum and James Russell were ejected from the game. After the blown call, anything near the plate was called a strike. Wainwright struck out Castro and Barney swinging to end the inning.

At the end of seven, the Cubs were down 6-1.

Michael Bowden pitched a scoreless eighth and the Cubs could not cut into the Cardinals lead in the eighth.

David DeJesus worked a one out walk against Kevin Siegrist. Junior Lake followed with a bloop single to right center. DeJesus advanced to third with one out. Anthony Rizzo lifted a 1-1 pitch from Siegrist into left. Holliday caught the ball and DeJesus tagged from third. Holliday made a strong throw and DeJesus was called out to end the inning … replays showed that DeJesus was safe.

Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth and the Cubs put two runners on in the ninth. Murphy and Castro walked with two outs but Darwin Barney popped out to Jay in shallow right center to end the game.

The Cubs open a four-game series against the Nationals at Wrigley Field on Monday night … Jeff Samardzija versus Jordan Zimmermann in game one.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Can I give my prediction on tomorrow nights game?……Zimmermann shuts down Cubs as Harper powers past the Cubs with 5 HR’s…….Samardzija throws 150 pitches in 4 innings of work……Castro & Rizzo are both benched during the 5th inning by Dale for signing autographs during the game……….CCO bloggers discuss where the Cubs will draft in 2014, 2015, & 2016…..Len Kasper will give updates on the next Cubs cruise & convention schedule while shaving Jim Deshales head as Jim sings in the 7th inning……and Rondon will hit Harper in the 8th and start a bench clearing brawl that will see 10 Cubs ejected and no one on the Nationals.

    • JeffD

      It’s likely that Zimmermann will shut down the Cubs … the rest, not so much.

  • cubtex

    This is the first Cubs game that I have watched from start to finish in awhile. Too hot to golf, didn’t feel like taking the boat out on a crowded Sunday and went for a run in the early am with my daughter to get my exercise in. I will probably not watch another entire game until they call up the youngsters. I hope Castro and Rizzo get somebody to work on their swings. Castro is committing his weight on his front side way too early and just collapsing his back leg. You can see he has nothing on his swing and is way off balanced after he swings. He almost falls down after he swings. Rizzo is just lost You can see how he is just guessing on every pitch. He is looking for a walk . Did anyone notice how he got upset on a 1-0 pitch that was called a strike I believe on his second or 3rd at bat. It was a strike to me but he wanted so much for the count to be 2-0 so he could guess fastball. He has no confidence whatsoever. One more 0 fer and he is hitting in the .220’s. What an awful year it has been for both Castro and Rizzo.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yes, I’m silently watching Rizzo and wondering if he’ll hit in the .210’s this year.
      I think I’ll just make everyone mad by posting Rizzo’s stats after the Soriano trade.
      Maybe I can stimulate the sale of blood pressure medicine by posting Rizzo and Soriano’s after trade stats side
      by side.

      Soriano traded to Yanks July 26.
      Rizzo since July 26 to date:
      22 games
      81 AB
      16 H
      4 HR
      .198 BA

      Here’s his last 28 days:
      .188 BA
      .304 OBP
      .354 slug

      Here’s his last 365 days”
      .244 BA
      .334 OBP
      .437 slug

      How’s those LHP and RHP splits looking?
      .249 vs RHP
      .199 vs LHP

      Despite his troubles, I think Castro has enough to hit .240ish.

      • cubtex

        It’s unfair to Rizzo and the team to continue to bat him 3rd. How would you like to be Travis Wood, Shark,EJax or any starting pitcher knowing that if you make one mistake that you will probably lose?

        I know I am unpopular on here with my continued statement of this team needed Soriano more next year than trading him with his salary for the return they got. The only way trading Soriano made sense was if they are planning on picking up a #4 hitter over the offseason. We shall see!

        • Ripsnorter1

          They dealt Soriano to make room for Bogosevic and Sweeny.
          Or was it Gillespie and Neal? I forget….but anyway,
          they got almost nothing in return.

          • cubtex

            They needed to get rid of DeJesus. They don’t need him next year.

          • GaryLeeT

            Amen brother! Unless it was a favor to Soriano, that was the dumbest $6.8 million ever saved

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            It was Junior Lake.

          • GaryLeeT

            Center fielder, Junior Lake?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Not sure I understand your question Gary

          • GaryLeeT

            Are you saying that they traded LF Soriano to make room for Junior Lake? If so, he has been playing center field.

          • Tony_Hall

            LF – 149 Innings
            CF – 92 Innings

            Plays LF against RH’s and CF against LH’s

          • GaryLeeT

            But he could play center full time.

          • Tony_Hall

            He could play 3B full time.

          • GaryLeeT

            Exactly. My point was that Soriano did not have to be traded to make room for Lake. I thought DeJesus being moved would have made more sense.

          • Tony_Hall

            RH bats. Soriano was told he would be sitting against RH’s the rest of the year. This was a good move and timing for both the Cubs and Soriano. It was time to move on.

          • GaryLeeT

            All those useless HRs and RBI’s? A little protection for Rizzo? A not needed clubhouse presence for the youngsters?

          • Tony_Hall

            People can’t have it both ways. If a vet was playing while a younger player is on the bench in the August/September timeframe, all we would hear is why is that guy playing, we know what he can do, let’s see Joe Smith play, he needs the playing time.

            The best part is the FO is going to do what they feel is best, and isn’t going to let people looking for a few more wins or to feel good about the team in these end of year games that mean nothing.

          • GaryLeeT

            A younger player on the bench? Like McDonald, Gillespie, Ransom, Bogusevic, or even Murphy? Yes, fans are clamoring to see more playing time from them.

          • Tony_Hall

            Can’t understand the short sighted of comments like this…..

            Currently Junior Lake, but come Sept 1, there will be more players called up and you have to trade a player like Soriano before this. And I know you say they should have traded DeJesus, and he would have been but rememeber he had just come back from a long injury and that shrunk the market for him.

          • GaryLeeT

            I am sorry, I don’t have the time to research every player from the farm system. So, whose that promising left fielder, or #4 hitting RBI guy of the future that the Cubs need to look at this year?

          • Tony_Hall

            I guess you will have to wait and see who gets called up on Sept 1st or the first week if they pull from AA. Guys like you mentioned could be cut to create room for guys that are going to be added to the 40 man in the off-season anyway.

          • cubtex

            I couldn’t agree more. Soriano is not or would not be blocking any young promising outfielders until maybe July at the earliest of next year and that is a stretch. Now would he be taking playing time away from Bogusevic, Gillespie or non prospects? Yes. Non prospects.

          • Tony_Hall

            Here is the list of potential position player call-ups.

            40 man roster guys.
            Vitters
            BJAX
            Szczur
            Villanueva

            And two that would need to be added to the 40 man
            Ha
            Alcantara

            I don’t expect them all, but the ones that do get called up, they need to play, at least 3-4 games per week.

          • cubtex

            The year BJax is having, I doubt they would do that. Szcur hasn’t played AAA yet and isn’t that something the new FO is against doing? Vitters was brought up last year and played once a week. Ha is a CF/RF leadoff type. Alcantara again hasn’t played AAA yet.

            You are grasping for straws my man. There are no outfield prospects other than Junior Lake who should be playing. Lake is more of a top of the order hitter and he should be take playing time away from DeJesus(not a corner outfielder)

          • Tony_Hall

            The 500 AB’s is not set in stone and when in play, is for calling up someone for good.

            All are possible call ups who will move players around and need a spot to play. Don’t get into where they should play, as any OF spot will do, but LF would be preferred to ease them in :)

      • roseyc

        I’m not impressed with the overall managing skills of Sveum. I understand there is no mandate to win games. He can’t with the talent on the field consistantly. His pet projects though he has failed at Castro and Rizzo. Castro should have been sent to the minors at some point this season just to wake him up and possible Rizzo too. I agree with Cubtex they both look lost at the plate. Everything to this point for both has been done with natural ability but now everybody at this level has ability you have to adjust and it’s a constant adjustment at this level from bat to bat and game to game. The game at this point is overwhelming both of them. It’s obvious their words are being aheared to. Castro has this lackadasical attitude like oops! I should have done this but OH WELL! They need to stop babying them and treat them like men and not babies

        • GaryLeeT

          I am not sure how much of the game is overwhelming them, but as I feared, all this loosing is permeating their young psyches. I know they are professionals, but they are only human too. What’s their motivation? What are they expected to contribute to? What are the team’s expectations? What are the signals from ownership, and the F.O.? Everything points to a season that doesn’t matter, why should they care about the outcome?

          • roseyc

            How did Baltimore and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and now Kansas City come out of their doldrums. They let the kids play to find out if they could play. They didn’t have protection for their young kids they learn to hit and go through the growing pain of learning how to play at this level and learn to win at this level.The impatient is what has gotten us to the point we are now. You can’t hold on to the vets and if you truly want to build a solid organization. Why is everyone worried about their psyche are they children.

          • GaryLeeT

            You should be asking: How does a Boston, New York, L.A., or Philly, pull out of their doldrums?

          • roseyc

            They have a solid organization to trade from or have talented callups the Cubs at this point do not. Unless your patient enough to wait until the prospect are ready and not rush them then you’ll be playing the FA game Jim Hendry played and look what that got em

          • GaryLeeT

            Look what it got L.A. this year.

          • cubtex

            Boston’s turnaround in one year was amazing. I am sure Ben Cherrington will win exec of the year for what he has done.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thank you for always pointing out the negative.

    • Ripsnorter1

      STOP BLAMING SVEUM!

      What makes you think it’s Sveum’s job to develop young talent, anyway?

    • GaryLeeT

      Good observations on Castro and Rizzo, but it’s never too hot to golf.

      • cubtex

        Called late and couldn’t get a tee time till 11:30 am. 100 degrees after a 10 mile run this morning. They would have has to call the paramedics to get me :))

  • cubtex

    Dempster just nailed ARod with a pitch after throwing behind on a previous pitch :) This game should get good. Expect some retaliation and maybe a bench clearing brawl.

    • GaryLeeT

      Are you sure the Yankees didn’t order it? I doubt the players are going to do anything to defend ARod.

      • cubtex

        Haha. Dempster nailed him on a 3-0 fastball. 100% intentional.

      • cubtex

        The announcers are trying to predict at what point in the game CC should hit someone. This is hilarious!

        • Ripsnorter1

          CC looks just awful. What is he still doing in this game?
          Or do the Yanks not care who wins?

          Dempster isn’t having a great
          year, either. That 4.77 ERA emphasizes the fact that he pitched well on a
          “get out of Chicago” trade deadline drive last year.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I don’t think so…..A-Rod will just hire a bunch of Lawyers and sue the Red Sox & Dempster for mental torture, physical harm, and other charges…….we are dealing with New Yorkers here.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Anyone see how Ryan Braun is charging this PED scandal on him as being Anti-Semitic from MLB officials…………..there will be no shortage of “jerks” playing ball when A-Rod is gone……Ryan will take his place as the Leading A****** among players.

  • Tony_Hall

    Wow, ARoid just crushed that ball off of Dempster.

    Batters only need 1 AB to feel they win the battle, whereas a pitcher needs to win every AB.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Quick….drug test this guy now!

      • cubtex

        Yes he did

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Ex-Angels outfielder Chad Curtis was found guilty of fooling around with three teenage girls at his high school where he taught………maybe he can play along side with Mel Hall.

  • cubtex

    It’s like ARod has chicken pox or some disease :) not a teammate within 20 feet of him in the dugout all night.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      The Agents of the these players have advised their clients to stay away……..if you want to play for Cashman and the Yanks, don’t hang around with A-Rod.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    LONG ROAD AHEAD

    If many of you think the Cubs can be in the playoffs by 2015, just look at the Central Division standings….three teams might end up in the playoffs this year…..as the Cubs farm system gets better, so are the Pirates, Reds and Cardinals.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Red Sox have their own version of a Jeff Russell I see….

    • cubtex

      This is a great game!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Red Sox / Yankees always….but they do they always have to be five hours long!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I sense a Alfonso Soriano HR coming!

    • cubtex

      Former Longhorn Workman got him.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        my 6th sense must be off tonight……

        • texcubnut

          Only tonight??? :)

        • texcubnut

          Only tonight?? :)

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Ryan Braun accuses his Urine Sample Collector to be a Cubs fan……well I can only say that Lea Elia would be proud that one of those so called Mother F***** Bleacher Cubs fans got himself a job in life.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    How many of you would still want a Cubs rotation of Dempster, Garza, Feldman & Maholm over Samardzia, Arrieta, Wood, Rusin & Jackson ?

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Ryan Braun should just shut up and never be heard again….this guy’s has no creditability……..and Zero Trade Value for his team.