Cards claw through Wrigley, ready for Pirates

 This series was a fun one, I guess. Any series with a doubleheader involved is fun, right? Close. Add in some Cardinals versus Cubs flair and you’re in for something crazy. The series was broken down into one game on Monday, two games on Tuesday, and one on Wednesday. Chicago took both on Tuesday but fell short in the other two. I’ll take you through this series that featured it all and then tell you about an important series that’s sharpening up in the Steel City. 

 Game one of the series was a pitcher’s duel between Jon Lester and John Lackey. The two friends, both former Red Sox, threw up zeros against each other for the first six innings of the ballgame. Lester, who no-hit the Cards through six, was, finally, figured out in the seventh. The ‘birds mustered out two runs, plenty for the version of Lackey that was on display. They went on to score four more runs in the ninth en route to a 6-0 victory. Lackey’s start was just what St. Louis needed, considering the doubleheader the next day.. 

 The opening game of Tuesday’s double-dip was started by Jake Arrieta and Tyler Lyons. The Cubs were able to pound the Cardinals’ pitching to the tune of seven runs. Anthony Rizzo’s nineteenth round-tripper is held accountable for two of those runs. The Cardinals couldn’t come up with quite that many, even with a Reynolds two-run homer. The North Siders could hold their heads high all day with a 7-4 afternoon-win. 

 Kolten Wong made another fantastic play on Tuesday afternoon, just like he had done the previous two games. Only on Tuesday, though, he was a bit slow to get up. Following an unbelievable catch, in which he hit his head, Wong was removed from the game. It was later discovered that Kolten had suffered from a mild concussion that would keep him free of action for the remainder of the series. 

 Part two of the day/night doubleheader was started by Dallas Beeler and Tim Cooney. The game remained rather-close throughout. The Cubs were able to take the lead in the seventh inning on a ball that appeared to be foul. However, the ball was ruled as fair. For some insanely-bewildering reason, fair/foul balls that aren’t home runs (Singles, doubles, etc.) are not reviewable. It’s crazy. Apparently, Seth Maness didn’t agree with the call either- he was ejected for questioning the umpire. Que. the frustration. Though the Cubs may have taken the lead anyways, even if the ball was ruled foul, the Cardinals costly mistakes were just giving the “W” to them on a silver platter. Like, ‘It’s there, take it!’. And take it they did. Chicago took game two of the doubleheader 5-3. 

 Following the conclusion of the doubleheader, the Cardinals optioned Marcus Hatley to Triple-A Memphis in exchange for first baseman Dan Johnson. As you may already know, Dan was not a member of the 40-man roster prior to Tuesday. Aledmys Diaz, the once-highly thought of Cuban shortstop, was designated for assignment. 

 The fourth and FINAL (I’m getting sick of this series.) was started by Jason Hammel and Michael Wacha. A game that featured two ejections and a Major League debut ended in the Cardinals favor. Jason Hammel was removed following one inning of work in favor of Clayton Richard. He was removed due to some hamstring tightness. The ejections, now. Yadier Molina and Mike Matheny were both tossed following some words with Pat Hoberg in the sixth inning. To save myself from the time I could spend typing about this matter, let’s just say Yadi and Mike didn’t agree with Hoberg’s calling-of-the-plate. (I found this hilarious.) Ahh, next topic, Dan Johnson! The freshly-called up first baseman went 2-4 with 2 RBI in his debut. Now, how did the Cardinals win it? Jhonny. Jhonny Antonio Peralta. He hammered a Pedro Stop pitch way into the Wrigley stands in the ninth inning for a two-out, two-strike, two-run, go-ahead homer. His twelfth bomb of the year gave the ‘birds a 6-5 advantage. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out double to lock up his twenty-fifth save and win number fifty-five for the Cards, perhaps the most thrilling of them all. 

 The Cardinals are bound for Pittsburgh to start what’s sure to be a breathtaking series with the Pirates. The series, lasting four games, features the two best teams in the Central division. Saint Louis has a four-and-a-half game over second-place Pittsburgh. Jeff Locke and Carlos Martinez will square off on Thursday. 

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Thanks for reading! 

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