Cubs Drop Extra Long, Extra Inning Game in Walk-Off Hit Batsman Fashion – Cardinals 4, Cubs 3

Game Thirty-Eight: Cubs 3, Cardinals 4 – 12 innings

WP – Seth Maness (1-2) LP – Justin Grimm (1-2) Save – None

The Cubs tied the game at three in the ninth inning on a two-out RBI single by Emilio Bonifacio off of Trevor Rosenthal and that is how the score remained until the 12th inning. Justin Grimm could not throw strikes. Grimm gave up a leadoff single to Jhonny Peralta and back-to-back one out walks to Allen Craig and Yadier Molina loaded the bases. Grimm plunked Greg Garcia in the right shoulder with a 1-2 pitch to force in the Peralta with the winning run.

Four hours, 39 minutes and 12 innings later, the game ended on a hit batsman. The first time a Cubs game ended with a HBP since May 26, 2012.

The Cubs had plenty of chances to put runs on the board against Adam Wainwright, and really made the Cardinals ace work again. The Cubs recorded at least one hit in each of Wainwright’s six innings but managed only two runs. And those runs scored on one swing of the bat.

Luis Valbuena (3-for-6 with a home run, a double and two RBI) hit his second home run of the season in the third inning. Valbuena’s two-run shot off Adam Wainwright, with Jake Arrieta on board, gave the Cubs a brief 2-0 lead. Valbuena recorded the Cubs only extra basehits in 12 innings.

Emilio Bonifacio (2-for-6 with a RBI) singled in Junior Lake (1-for-5 with a run scored) with two outs in the ninth and tied the game at three. But the Cubs could not string together any hits in extra innings. Welington Castillo (2-for-5), Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3 with a walk) and Jake Arrieta (1-for-2 with a run scored) collected hits but the Cubs went 1-for-8 and left 10 men on base on Tuesday night. For the third time in their last three losses, the Cubs outhit the other team.

The Cubs scored three runs on 10 hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts.

Jake Arrieta really struggled again on Tuesday night. Arrieta lasted only four innings and for the second start in a row, Arrieta left the game before qualifying for the win with his team leading the game. Arrieta struggled with his release point, was erratic and pitched from behind in the count over his last three innings of work.

The Cardinals had runners on base throughout Arrieta’s outing. The Cardinals were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base in Arrieta’s first three innings. Arrieta worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning and the continued misadventures of the Cardinals on the basepaths helped Arrieta limit the damage in the third inning to one run.

Jake Arrieta was charged with one run on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Arrieta threw 82 pitches, 42 for strikes, in four innings.

Carlos Villanueva replaced Arrieta and kept the Cardinals from cashing in a one-out double in the fifth, but he could not work around a bunt single off the bat of Peter Bourjos to start the sixth. Villanueva was charged with two runs, one earned, on two hits with one walk and no strikeouts.  And it took him 42 pitches, 27 for strikes, to record four outs.

Wesley Wright gave up the lead in relief of Villanueva thanks to a throwing error by Starlin Castro. Wright was charged with a hit in two-thirds of an inning … and a blown save.

Neil Ramirez faced the minimum in the seventh and retired both batters he faced in the eighth. Ramirez was impressive again. After striking out Yadier Molina swinging to start the inning, Matt Adams reached on a single to left but was erased on a 6-3 double play off the bat of Peter Bourjos to end the inning. Ramirez picked up two more strikeouts on Tuesday night in St. Louis.

James Russell put together his best outing in quite some time. Russell recorded the final out in the eighth and set down the side in order in the ninth (Peralta, Holliday and Craig) to send the game into extra innings.

Brian Schlitter tossed two perfect innings with one strikeout. Justin Grimm struggled with his command again. Grimm gave up a single, walked two to load the bases and hit Greg Garcia to force in the winning run. Grimm threw 17 pitches in one-third of an inning, seven were strikes.

With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 13-25 on the season.

Jake Arrieta was not sharp over his first two innings. The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom of the second after Arrieta issued back-to-back walks to Mark Ellis and Adam Wainwright. Matt Carpenter flied out to deep center (2-2 pitch) to end the second inning. Arrieta threw 39 pitches, 23 for strikes, in the first two innings.

Jake Arrieta reached on a single to left off of Matt Carpenter’s glove to start the third inning. Bonifacio struck out swinging. Luis Valbuena pulled Wainwright’s first pitch to right. The ball hit off the scoreboard in right just beyond the wall. And Valbuena’s second longball of the season gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Wainwright retired Rizzo (grounder to second) and Castro (flyout to right center) to end the inning. The Cubs made Wainwright work again on Tuesday night. Wainwright needed 53 pitches, 34 for strikes, to complete three innings.

The Cardinals took advantage of Arrieta’s struggles in the third and it should have been worse. Arrieta walked Peralta on four pitches to start the inning. After missing with his first three offerings to Holliday, Arrieta finally threw a strike. Arrieta missed with a 3-2 pitch and walked Holliday. With runners on first and second with no outs, Arrieta found his command and struck out Allen Craig. Mike Matheny started the runners on a 3-1 pitch to Molina. Arrieta threw a strike and Molina pulled it toward left. Peralta had to jump over the ball to avoid being hit. Peralta lost his footing and fell down. Holliday did not see his teammate hit the dirt and rounded second too far. Junior Lake fielded the ball and threw behind Holliday to second. Peralta took off for the plate, Darwin Barney threw home and Castillo ran Peralta back toward third and tagged him out (7-4-2). Holliday advanced to third and Molina took second on the play. Matt Adams cued a 1-0 pitch off the end of his bat and up the third baseline. Valbuena field the ball and made a strong throw to first. But Adams beat the throw, Holliday scored and the Cardinals cut the Cubs lead to 2-1. Arrieta caught Peter Bourjos looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

The long, strange third inning ended with the Cubs up 2-1 and Jake Arrieta with a rather high pitch count (66 pitches, 35 strikes).

The Cubs took the 2-1 lead into the fifth inning. Carlos Villanueva replaced Arrieta for the bottom of the fifth inning. Villanueva worked around a one-out double by Allen Craig and held on to the one-run lead.

The Cubs managed a two-out single by Welington Castillo in the sixth, but that was all. Adam Wainwright surrendered at least one hit per inning but allowed only two runs in six frames on 93 pitches, 61 for strikes.

Carlos Villanueva started the sixth and Peter Bourjos bunted his first offering toward the mound. Villanueva picked up the ball and threw late to first. Bourjos reached on a bunt single and advanced to second when Mark Ellis was jammed on the 11th pitch of the at bat and hit a slow roller up the first baseline. Rizzo fielded the ball and stepped on the bag for the out. Jon Jay hit for Wainwright and Villanueva’s inability to put another hitter away cost him. Jay worked a walk on the 10th pitch of the at bat. Bourjos swiped third on the 3-2 pitch and the Cardinals had runners on first and third with one out. Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Villanueva and went to his pen for lefty Wesley Wright. Matt Carpenter hit a roller to the hole at short. Castro fielded the ball, but rushed his throw. The ball was well into the runner and appeared to hit Jay, Bourjos scored and the Cardinals had runners on first and second with one out … and the game tied at two. Wright was left in to face Jhonny Peralta, and the decision backfired. Peralta pulled Wright’s first pitch into left through the 5.5-hole. Jay scored, 3-2 Cardinals. Holliday tapped back to the mound. Wright threw him out at first as both runners moved up ninety feet. With runners on second and third with two down, Craig smashed a one-hopper back up the middle. Barney was shading him near the bag, fielded the ball and threw out Craig at first to end the inning.

The Cardinals took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning … and game remained 3-2 Cardinals until the top of the ninth.

Trevor Rosenthal retired Castillo on a liner to right for the first out in the ninth. Junior Lake singled to left and Darwin Barney walked to put two on with one down for Chris Coghlan. Renteria made a double switch in the eighth when he brought in James Russell to face Matt Carpenter, Coghlan was part of the double switch. Coghlan did not take the bat of his shoulder was called out on strikes. Emilio Bonifacio dumped a single into right. Lake scored and tied the game at three. With runners on the corners and one out, Luis Valbuena popped the first pitch he saw straight up to Craig at first to end the inning.

James Russell retired the Cardinals in order in the ninth … and it was free baseball in St. Louis on Tuesday night.

The game remained tied at three until the bottom of the 12th. Justin Grimm replaced Brian Schlitter and gave up a leadoff single to Jhonny Peralta. Matt Holliday fouled out to Rizzo near the stands for the first out. Allen Craig walked and Molina stepped in with runners on first and second with one out. Grimm walked Molina and loaded the bases with one out. Renteria brought his infield and outfield in for Greg Garcia. Grimm got ahead of Garcia 1-2 then hit him in the right shoulder … game over on a hit batsman.

Jason Hammel takes on Michael Wacha on Wednesday night (7:15pm CDT) in game three with the Cardinals.

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