National League Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis|
(Saturday, August 10th)
Final Score: Chicago 6, St. Louis 5
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Nate Schierholtz's RBI single in the ninth
inning proved to be the winner as the Chicago Cubs took a 6-5 win over the
St. Louis Cardinals in the second of three from Busch Stadium.
Darwin Barney tied the game with a two-run double in the eighth while
Welington Castillo hit a solo home run and drove in two for the Cubs, who have
won three of their last four.
Carlos Villanueva pitched six innings in the start and gave up four runs on
seven hits. Blake Parker (1-1) got the win for tossing a scoreless seventh
Matt Holliday clubbed a pair of homers and finished with four RBI, while
Carlos Beltran added a run-scoring double for the Cardinals, who have lost
Michael Wacha went five innings in the start and was changed with two runs on
five hits. Trevor Rosenthal (1-3) was handed the loss for giving up three runs
in the eighth.
"I felt good and my body felt good tonight," said Wacha. "But in the later
inning my arm started dragging a bit and that's when I started to give up
Rosenthal came on to pitch with a two-run lead, but gave up consecutive walks
to Castillo and Schierholtz to start the inning. After the next two batters
struck out, Barney roped a double to center to score both runners. Dioner
Navarro followed with a pinch-hit double for a 5-4 advantage.
"He had been getting pitches up the whole inning," said Barney. "I just kept
telling myself to look for something down or near the middle. I got one of
those and I was able to get a good swing on it."
After Pedro Strop set the Cardinals down in order in the eighth, Schierholtz
added some insurance as his single to right scored Junior Lake, who had led
off with a double.
The run proved fortunate as Holliday hit his second homer of the game with one
out in the ninth, but Kevin Gregg retired the next two batters on groundouts
for his 25th save of the season.
Chicago got on the board in the second as Castillo led off the frame with a
homer just over the wall in left field and into the Cubs' bullpen for a 1-0
St. Louis had just one baserunner through the first three innings, but Matt
Carpenter led off the fourth with a single and Beltran followed suit. Two
batters later, Holliday crushed a pitch over the left field fence for a 3-1
The Cubs got on back in the fifth as consecutive one-out singles from Lake and
Anthony Rizzo saw men on the corners and Castillo's sac fly made it a 3-2
The Cardinals, though, got the run back in the sixth on back-to-back doubles
from Carpenter and Beltran.
The Cubs came into the game 7-for-36 with runners in scoring position in the
first four games of this six-game road trip, and went 3-for-13 on Saturday,
stranding 11 runners ... The Cardinals left just one man on base ... The Cubs
on Saturday selected the contract of outfielder Darnell McDonald from
Triple-A Iowa and transferred outfielder Thomas Neal to the 60-day disabled
list ... Each team has won six games in the season series.
08/11 01:14:15 ET