The Bottom Line:
— The St. Louis Cardinals (81-71) lost to the Chicago Cubs (59-93) by a score of 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. They move up to 2.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (who are now in third place for the wild card) for the second slot in the National League wild card.
— The Cardinals scored 3 early runs on Saturday, including a Matt Holliday RBI-double.
— Adam Wainwright gave up four earned runs and six hits over 7 innings. He recorded two walks and five strikeouts and gave up one home run.
— The Cardinals were up 3-1 until the sixth inning when the Cubs scored three runs as David DeJesus hit a solo home run (8), Welington Castillo hit a sacrifice fly, and Dave Sappelt hit an RBI-single to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead.
— Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying home run over the right field wall in the top of the ninth inning with one out. It was his 30th of the season and tied the game at 4-4.
— With Adrion Chambers on third base as the go-ahead run, Yadier Molina (who is 6-for-11 against the pitcher Carlos Marmol) was taken out of the game after trying to get out of the way of an inside pitch. Matheny forced an unhappy Molina (back spasms) to leave, and Tony Cruz replaced him and flew out to center field.
What a wild game this was. Following one of the worst losses of the season, the Cardinals rebounded (barely) and came out on top for what is arguably one of their biggest wins of the season. It did not look as if the Cardinals were going to score in the tenth inning as they had two outs and none on. But after a couple of walks and good at-bats, Jon Jay was able to rip a ball over the right field foul line and put the Cards back on top. Between an outstanding defensive play early in the game and the go-ahead hit in the tenth, Jay was the savior today.
Obviously any injury to Yadier Molina would be detrimental to this lineup, but it’s far and away better that it was Molina’s back and not his oblique, which has been a consistent issue for him. Hopefully this is a temporary problem and he will be back soon. We will update CardsBlog with any additional details as they unfold.
It appears that Jake Westbrook could be done for the season as he struggled in a morning bullpen session on Saturday. He only threw a few pitches before walking off the mound and implying that it’s likely he will not be able to make a start for the rest of the regular season.
What’s Next: The Cardinals will play a rubber game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:20 PM CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Let’s Go Cards.