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Cardinals swept in Windy City 6.4.17

Everything is bad.

St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images



1st Inning

Kyle Hendricks put the Cardinals down in order in the first. Jason Heyward extended Carpenter’s hitting funk with a sliding catch in right. Fowler lined out and Piscotty grounded out to short.

Michael Wacha came out firing bullets. He got Happ to ground out to second, struck out Bryant with a 97.8mph fastball, and, after Rizzo singled through the shift, got Zobrist to ground out to first.

2nd Inning

Gyorko led off the 2nd with a long fly out to right that pushed Heyward all the way back to the wall. Happ then had an adventure on Molina’s deep drive to center, but recovered and made the catch. Pham grounded out to second.

Heyward led off with a long drive to center, but Fowler made the catch after the wind knocked it down. Wacha then struck out Montero with another 97.8mph heater, walked Russell, and struck out a disinterested Hendricks.

3rd Inning

After DeJong struck out, Aledmys Diaz (10 walks in 2017) drew a walk against Hendricks (18 walks in 2017). But Wacha failed to hit through a drawn-in Cubs infield, and became the victim of a 3-6-4 double play.

Wacha struck out Schwarber to start the 3rd, but Ian Happ struck back by hooking a long home run around the right field foul pole. Wacha then got Bryant to ground out and Rizzo to ground out on a come-backer. 1-0 Cubs.

4th Inning

The Cardinals came to life in the 4th. Fowler drew a lead-off walk and stole second ahead of a Matt Carpenter walk. Stephen Piscotty followed with a no-doubt, 3-run home run to left. Jedd Gyorko followed with a single under the glove of Zobrist. He then stole second while Molina struck out watching a pitch on the corner, and then Pham struck out on another borderline call. But Paul DeJong cashed in the RISP with an RBI single to center. Aledmys followed with a double down the 3rd base line, but Wacha grounded out to second. Hendricks threw 43 pitches in the inning and was at 82 overall. His day was done. 4-1 Cardinals.

Wacha got Zobrist and Heyward to fly out to start the bottom half. But things started to fall apart, starting when he walked Montero before Russell beat out an infield single. Then Albert Almora, pinch-hitting for Hendricks, flipped a base hit to right that Piscotty allowed to scoot under his glove. 2 runs scored and Almora ended up at third. Wacha then walked Schwarber, and served up another home run to Ian Happ. 6-4 Cubs.

5th Inning

Justin Grimm entered in relief. He struck out Fowler, Carpenter, and Gyorko around a 2-out walk to Piscotty.

Wacha returned to start the 5th for some reason. Rizzo promptly doubled off the wall in left, but Fowler slow-played the carom and lured him into trying to stretch it into a triple and threw him out at third. Zobrist then drew a walk and Matheny decided to turn to the bullpen. Tyler Lyons entered and got Heyward and Montero to roll over on a ground outs to second and first.

6th Inning

Hector Rondon entered to relieve Grimm. Yadier Molina greeted him with a duck snort to short right for a lead off single. The fleet-footed catcher then swiped second. Pham followed with a walk, and both runners advanced when a wild slider ricocheted away from Montero. DeJong then brought Molina home with a ground out to short, and Aledmys brought Pham home with a double to left center. Pedro Strop relieved Rondon and kept the Cardinals from inflicting further damage. 6-6 tie game.

Brett Cecil entered to face the bottom of the Cubs’ lineup. He got Russell to ground out to third and Contreras to pop out to short center (in which Piscotty tried to end DeJong’s career). After Schwarber walked on a questionable call on the 3-2 pitch, he got Happ to strike out swinging.

7th Inning

Strop returned for the 7th and got Carpenter, Piscotty, and Gyorko to all ground out softly. He required just 8 pitches.

Bowman entered in relief of Cecil. He got Bryant and Zobrist to ground out, but Rizzo and Heyward singled to start the Cub rally. Jon Jay then pinch hit and smacked an RBI single to left center to give the Cubs the lead. 7-6 Cubs.

8th Inning

Carl Edwards Jr. came in to pitch next. He got Molina to ground out to short, Pham to line out back to himself, and DeJong to strike out swinging.

Trevor Rosenthal was the next reliever to enter. He struck out Russell on a 99mph fastball, and Contreras & Happ on 88mph change ups (around a Schwarber walk.)

9th Inning

Wade Davis had pitched the 2 previous games, so Koji Uehara entered to close it out. He retired Aledmys on a fly out to center, and pinch-hitter Jose Martinez & Dexter Fowler on strike outs. Cubs win 7-6.

Final Lines

Michael Wacha: 4.1IP, 6ER, 6H, 5K, 4BB, 2HR. Game Score: 21

Kyle Hendricks: 4IP, 4ER, 4H, 3K, 3BB, 1HR. Game Score: 35


  • Now 3 of Ian Happ’s first 4 career home runs have come against the Cardinals (Carlos Martinez was his first victim, on May 13)
  • The ESPN camera crews are top notch.
  • Michael Wacha is now 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA and 5.29 FIP in 4 starts since being skipped in the rotation earlier this month.