Sunday, September 23, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Cubs 3
By Sahadev Sharma
A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
How it happened: The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning after a two-run double by Allen Craig and an RBI single from David Freese. The damage could have been worse, but prior to Craig's double, Matt Carpenter got thrown out when he headed to third base thinking the runner ahead of him, John Jay, had scored. With both Carpenter and Jay on third, Anthony Rizzo tagged both runners and Carpenter was ruled out. The Cubs scratched across a pair of runs in the fourth and the teams traded solo homers (Pete Kuzma and Alfonso Soriano) in the sixth to make it 4-3. But the Cubs bats went silent after that and the Cardinals tacked on a few more to put the game out of reach.
What it means: With Sunday's loss to the Cardinals the Cubs not only missed out on a chance to play spoilers against their arch-rivals (with the victory, the Cardinals remain 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers for the final NL Wild Card spot), they also are back on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1966. With nine games remaining on the season, the Cubs need to go 4-5 to avoid the dubious distinction.
Outside the box: With his solo home run in the sixth, Soriano drove in his 105th run of the season. That gives Soriano a new career high for RBIs in a season, passing his previous mark of 104, which he posted in 2005 with the Texas Rangers.
Up next: After an off-day in Colorado on Monday, Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.00 ERA) and the Cubs take on the Rockies with Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.27) toeing the rubber at Coors Field on Tuesday night at 7:40 p.m.