Cubs 8, Cardinals 5
Luke Weaver didn’t have the magic this time, as his career ERA against the Cubs ballooned to 13.09. The first hit he allowed was a triple to Javier Baez, and from there it was all singles for the Small Bears as hit after hit found a hole in this very Leake-esque outing. He was able to pull it together and end his day with 2 scoreless innings to avoid a complete drain of the bullpen.
The up and down nature of the offense continued with Tommy Pham out of the lineup while nursing a sore groin. They mustered just one hit and one walk, and one unearned run, against Jon Lester in 6 innings.
The offense perked up after Lester’s exit, though not quite enough. Paul DeJong’s strikeout woes continued with another K in a pivot at-bat. This time it was against the always frustrating Carl Edwards, Jr., representing the tying run in the 8th inning. He is now 2 for 18 with RISP this season, with 10 strikeouts. Even worse, he’s 1 for 10 with RISP and 2 outs, the one hit being a HR. He now leads the NL with 30 strikeouts, with is just 2 shy of Red Schoendienst’s career high for a single-season. Simply, this has been a rough April and something has to give.
Marcell Ozuna struck out 3 times as he continues to be kind of “in-between” at the plate.
Matt Bowman, pitching for the first time since the 13th of April, promptly put the game, essentially, out of reach by allowing a 2-run HR to Jason Heyward. Ugh.
In a poetic twist, Bowman loaded the bases with one out in the 6th, a situation that typically the manager would call on him to escape. Instead we got the Cardinals debut of Luke Gregerson, and he pulled a Bowman by inducing an inning ending double play. Good to see Luke finally pitch this year.
Tyler O’Neill made his big league debut, which is good. He struck out in a pinch hitting appearance, which is less than.
After a bust in Tuesday’s game, Greg Holland worked a scoreless inning (with one walk) as he works back into form. He *looks* better each time out since the disaster in his debut, even though some of the results aren’t there (Baez’s homer was off his shoelaces), and soon enough we’ll see the guy we were hoping for when he signed.
Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-2 with 2 walks in his first start since coming off the DL. Performances like that will certainly make it easy for the manager to plug him into the lineup instead of the struggling Kolten Wong.
The Cardinals will look to start a new winning streak this weekend against the now, Jim Riggleman managed Reds.
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