Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 7, Cubs 0


ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 7-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday:

How it happened: Travis Wood got the first two outs in the opening inning, then promptly gave up three runs on four hits and two walks before his season ended at inning’s end, as expected. Yadier Molina had a two-run double and Jon Jay a run-scoring single as the Cardinals sent nine to the plate in the first. They added one run in the third inning on a David Freese home run off of Brooks Raley. A throwing error by catcher Dioner Navarro plated another run in the fourth, as did a fielder’s choice by Molina. Matt Holliday went deep in the sixth. The Cubs managed very little off starter Lance Lynn, though Starlin Castro went 3-for-3 off him.

What it means: Before the game, manager Dale Sveum said Wood would only throw one inning so he could reach 200 innings pitched. The Cubs figured that was enough stress on his arm after a long season; unfortunately the three runs he gave up raised his ERA to above 3.00 (3.11) for the year. ... The Cardinals clinched the division title with the victory.

Outside the box: Sveum said he wouldn’t scale back on Saturday’s starter, Edwin Jackson, but he would limit Jeff Samardzija’s pitch count on Sunday, as Samardzija already has thrown a career high in innings. ... The Cubs have made some minor moves in their scouting department, among other areas. They aren’t ready to announce the changes but should after the season is complete on Sunday.

What’s next: Game 2 of the series has been moved to 3:15 p.m. CT on Saturday from the originally scheduled time of 6:15 p.m. due to inclement weather moving into the St. Louis area. The league wants to make sure all games get played that have playoff implications. Jackson will oppose Joe Kelly.