Game Seventy-Two – Cubs 2, Cardinals 3 – 10 innings
WP – Seth Maness (2-0) LP – Justin Grimm (1-2) Save – None
The Cubs did not cash in early opportunities against John Lackey and left the Cardinals in the game. Jake Arrieta handed it over to the pen with a 2-1 lead in the eighth. Pedro Strop struggled with his command in the eighth, served up a game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Greg Garcia and the Cubs lost the opener in 10 innings to the Cardinals on Friday night.
With the game tied at two in the tenth, Justin Grimm gave up a leadoff double to the light-hitting Peter Bourjos. Kolten Wong reached on an infield single after the ball hit the second base bag. With runners on the corners and no outs, Grimm intentionally walked Matt Carpenter.
Joe Maddon brought in Mike Baxter from right field and went with a five-man infield. And the ball found Baxter. Jhonny Peralta poked a 2-1 pitch past the mound. Baxter fielded the ball, but his off-balance throw sailed over David Ross and Bourjos slid in with the winning run.
The Cubs had plenty of chances to put runs on the board against John Lackey but could not come up with a clutch hit. The Cubs scored only two runs against Lackey on eight hits, a hit batsman and three walks in seven innings. The Cubs outhit the Cardinals 12-6 but were an unacceptable 1-for-9 with RISP and left 12 men on base.
Mike Baxter (3-for-5 with a run scored) tied the game at one in the fourth inning with a single that plated Miguel Montero (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored). Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a sac fly RBI) put the Cubs ahead 2-1 in the seventh with a sac fly that allowed Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a double and a run scored) to tag and score from third.
Jake Arrieta settled down after a shaky start and pitched a very good game. Arrieta made two mistakes in seven innings. Arrieta walked Yadier Molina in the second and he scored on a triple by Randal Grichuk. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo threw out runners at the plate in the first two innings before Arrieta settled in.
Jake Arrieta allowed one run on three hits with two walks. Arrieta struck out seven and threw 102 pitches, 69 for strikes, in seven innings.
Pedro Strop could not find the strike zone and fell behind pinch-hitter Greg Garcia leading off the eighth. Garcia launched the first homer of his career over the wall in center and tied the game at two.
Jason Motte and James Russell cleaned up Strop’s mess in the eighth and kept the game tied. Hector Rondon retired all three batters he faced in the ninth. And Justin Grimm took the loss after he failed to retire the leadoff hitter in the 10th inning.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 39-33 on the season.
Jake Arrieta walked Yadier Molina with one out in the second. Randal Grichuk followed with a triple to right center (2-0 pitch) the ball rolled all the way to the wall and allowed Molina to chug around the bases. With the infield in, Jon Jay pulled 1-2 pitch toward first. Rizzo fielded the ball cleanly and threw a strike to the plate. Montero tagged Grichuk for the second out of the inning. Arrieta walked John Lackey on four pitches. After missing on his first pitch to Kolten Wong, Arrieta received a visit from Chris Bosio. Arrieta struck out Wong swinging to end the inning. Arrieta made 34 pitches, 21 for strikes, over the first two innings.
After two complete, the Cubs trailed 1-0.
Miguel Montero led off the fourth inning with the Cardinals nursing the 1-0 lead. Montero walked. After Coghlan popped out to third, Maddon called for a hit and run on a 1-0 pitch to Castro … and it was executed perfectly. Starlin Castro grounded the pitch through the hole vacated by Wong going to cover the bag. Montero went to third with one out.
Mike Baxter singled to right. Montero scored and tied the game at one. With runners on first and second with one out, Arrieta bunted back to Lackey. Castro and Baxter moved to second and third. Addison Russell walked to load the bases. Dexter Fowler hit a soft liner back up the middle. Kolten Wong made a running catch behind second base to end the inning.
Jake Arrieta retired the Cardinals in order in the fourth … 60 pitches for Arrieta after four, 41 for strikes.
The Cubs and Cardinals were tied at one after four.
Dexter Fowler stepped in to start the seventh and with the game still tied at one, Fowler drove a 1-0 pitch over Jay’s head in center field. Fowler limped into second with a double. Rizzo rolled out to first. Fowler advanced to third on the play.
Kris Bryant lifted a 0-1 pitch out to center. Jay caught the ball, Fowler tagged and the Cubs took a 2-1 lead when he scored from third. Montero grounded out to first to end the inning.
Jake Arrieta set the Cardinals down in order in the seventh inning. Arrieta made 102 pitches, 69 for strikes, in seven innings.
And the game went to the eighth with the Cubs leading 2-1.
Kevin Siegrist replaced Lackey for the eighth inning. Coghlan grounded out to short (2-2 pitch) and Castro popped out to second for the first two outs. Mike Baxter singled to left center. And that caused Maddon to take Arrieta out of the game.
Chris Denorfia hit for Arrieta and ripped Siegrist’s first pitch into left. Baxter held at third on the pinch-hit double. With runners on second and third with two down, Addison Russell checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch and tipped the ball right into Molina’s glove. The Cubs could not cash in another run scoring opportunity (1-for-8 with RISP, 10 left on base) and the game went to the bottom of the eighth with the Cubs up 2-1.
Pedro Strop took over in the bottom of the eighth and he fell behind pinch-hitter Greg Garcia 3-1. Garcia drove the fifth pitch of the at bat over the wall in center. And Garcia’s first career home run tied the game at two. Strop hit Wong on the foot with a 2-1 pitch. Carpenter flied out to deep right center (3-2 pitch). Strop walked Peralta and put the go ahead runner at second base. With two on and one out, Maddon decided it was time to go get Strop. Jason Motte made his way in to face Mark Reynolds.
Motte did his job. Reynolds popped out to Castro in shallow left for the second out of the inning. With Jason Heyward due up, Maddon made the slow walk and James Russell replaced Motte. Heyward popped Russell’s first pitch back to the mound to end the inning.
The Cubs and Cardinals were tied at two after eight complete.
The Cubs did nothing against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. Hector Rondon took over in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at two.
Rondon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and the game went to the 10th inning still tied at two.
Randy Choate started the 10th and Maddon went to his bench for Matt Szczur to hit for Montero. Szczur flied out to right. As soon as David Ross was announced to hit for Coghlan, Mike Matheny countered and went to his bullpen for right hander Seth Maness. Peter Bourjos entered the game on a double-switch and replaced Jon Jay.
Ross singled to left. Castro grounded into a 5-4 force out. Castro took over at first base and moved to second when Baxter singled to left center. With two on and two down, Maddon emptied his bench and sent up Jonathan Herrera to hit for Rondon. Herrera struck out swinging (0-2 pitch) to end the inning.
Justin Grimm started the 10th inning and Peter Bourjos led off with a double to left. At that point, it was just a matter of time before the Cardinals won the game. Kolten Wong hit a grounder back up the middle that Castro was in position to make the play. But the ball hit the bag and hopped into the air.
With runners on the corners and no outs, Grimm intentionally walked Carpenter to load the bases. Mike Baxter came in from right field as Maddon went with a five-man infield. Jhonny Peralta grounded a 2-1 pitch past the mound. Baxter fielded the ball, and threw off-balance toward the plate. The throw was high, well off the mark and the winning run scored on what was ruled as E9, error on the right fielder. Game over.
Donn Roach makes his Cubs debut against Michael Wacha on Saturday night (6:15pm CDT) in St. Louis.