Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Cardinals 5
May, 2, 2014
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-5 on Friday to take Game 1 of the series. Here's a quick look:
How it happened: The Cubs jumped on Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for two runs in the first inning, snapping his 25-inning scoreless streak, and three in the third on two RBIs from Anthony Rizzo and a run-scoring double by Welington Castillo. In between Ryan Sweeney drove a run home with a ground out. The Cardinals tied it briefly when Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta drove in runs in the top of the third and then added one on a Starlin Castro error in the fourth. The Cubs scored their sixth run on a Rizzo home run in the bottom of the fifth. Peralta hit a two-run home run in the eighth off reliever Justin Grimm. Hector Rondon pitched the ninth and earned his second save of the season.
What it means: Rizzo is on fire. Going back to Wednesday's game in Cincinnati, he was on base eight straight times with two home runs, two singles and five walks before grounding out late in the game. With Castro batting behind him, Rizzo looks a lot more relaxed at the plate. Rondon threw a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning. When's the last time a Cubs closer did that? He's the man at the end of the game for now.
Sweeney hurt: Sweeney came up lame tracking down a fly ball off the bat of Allen Craig in the top of the eighth inning. He was removed from the game after an apparent leg injury.
Soler update: Prospect Jorge Soler continued his rehab from a hamstring injury on Friday after taking Thursday off. General manager Jed Hoyer thinks he's "not too far" off from re-joining Double-A Tennessee. Soler has been out since the first game of the season.
No trade talk: Hoyer said before the game that trade talks at this time of the year are "non-existent." "I talk to a lot of GMs on a daily and weekly basis ... but that (kind of) trade talk usually dies at the end of spring training and it's late May or early June when people start talking again that way," Hoyer said.
What's next: Game 2 of the series takes place at 12:05 p.m. CT Saturday as the Cubs' Jake Arrieta makes his season debut against Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.48).