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The Cardinals lost their sixth game - A Recap from Monday

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it happens sometimes

that is four times the handsome
that is four times the handsome
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You might as well string up
This wave's green peak on wire
To prevent fall, or anchor the fluent air
In quartz, as crack your skull to keep
These two most perishable lovers from the touch
That will kindle angels' envy, scorch and drop
Their fond hearts charred as any march.

Seek no stony camera-eye to fix
The passing dazzle of each face
In black and white, or put on ice
Mouth's instant flare for future looks;
Stars shoot their petals, and suns run to seed,
However you may sweat to hold such darling wreaks
Hived like honey in your head.

"Epitaph for Fire and Flower", Slyvia Plath

What started off as a pitchers duel eventually turned into a giant fart-noise in the seventh as the Cubs piled on after key mistakes by the Cardinals. Back-to-back singles were made worse by an error from Aledmys Diaz, which allowed a run to score and another baserunner to exist. A sacrifice fly scored another run. A John Lackey single scored another run.

Mike Leake's final line was seven innings pitched, six hits, four runs, three earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts.

Tyler Lyons came on in relief. He pitched two innings and gave up one run on three hits.

I would discuss the Cardinals offense, but they were shut out. John Lackey struck out eleven Cardinals. The Birdos stuck out three more times after Lackey's exit after seven innings.

The Cardinals best chance to score probably came in the bottom of the sixth when they had runners on second and third and one out or something.

stray thoughts:

  • Jason Heyward was booed, I am already bored of this conversation.
  • Tyler Lyons gave up a run, but he was the handsomest player on the field tonight. Yes, even handsomer than noted handsome men Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant. So in a sense, the Cardinals won.
  • Doris Roberts passed away which is really sad :( Rest in peace, Mrs. Barone.
  • Tonight was the least favorable matchup pitching-wise for the series. Tuesday and Wednesday the Cardinals should have the advantage and the destruction of the Cubs will hopefully commence then!
  • The weather is beautiful right now in St. Louis, though I hear it might rain Tuesday. Do not let this loss get you down and enjoy the outdoors! Also, maybe bring a raincoat or poncho to the game if you are going - that goes for you too, Cubbie fan readers! If you are visiting from Chi-Town, check out the Science Center or the Zoo or the Botanical Gardens if you have the time and the weather cooperates! Bring the kiddos to the City Museum!

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Dexter Fowler - CF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Jason Heyward - RF Jeremy Hazelbaker - CF
Ben Zobrist - 2B Matt Holliday - LF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Brandon Moss - 1B
Kris Bryant - 3B Stephen Piscotty - RF
Miguel Montero - C Yadier Molina - C
Jorge Soler - LF Kolten Wong - 2B
Addison Russell - SS Aledmys Diaz - SS
John Lackey - RHP Mike Leake - RHP


post game

LIL SCOOTER'S HONORARY PEST/DARWIN BARNEY AWARD:

I should probably give this honored distinction to John Lackey for his work on the hill tonight, but I do not like him so I won't. Dexter Fowler will be the revered recipient after going two-for-five with the game winning RBI in the form of a solo homer. His WPA for the night was 21.3%.

WIN EXPECTANCY CHART OF DEPRESSION (to be added Tuesday morn)


Source: FanGraphs

Tuesday's probables are Jason Hammel for the Cubs and Jaime Garcia for the use your deductive reasoning. Game time is set at 7:15pm.