The Cubs started their second half, and their first of five straight games against the Cardinals in winning fashion! The 9-6 win came courtesy of a five-run 5th inning, in which Jason Heyward got his second of three hits, and Ian Happ launched a two-run bomb. The Cubs had to play catch up, which seems like the case every game. With today's win, they got their 31st come-from-behind victory, and that's good for the best in the majors. The Cubs had 45 of those victories last season, so we're ahead of our own game!
The Cardinals went up 2-0 after scoring a run in each of the first two innings. In the 1st, it was an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna, and in the 2nd, it was a solo shot by Tommy Pham, his 14th of the year.
In the 3rd inning, that lead was cut in half when Jason Heyward came through with a two-out hit to give the Cubs a run. The inning led off with a walk to Victor Caratini, who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Hendricks. Kris Bryant reached on an error, landing Caratini at third. Then came Jason Heyward who hit a solid single to left, bringing home Caratini, and cutting the lead to 2-1.
The Cardinals tacked on another run in the top of the 5th inning. Yadier Molina singled, advanced to second on a single by Marcell Ozuna, moved to third on a walk to Jedd Gyorko, and eventually scored on a single by Kolton Wong. After 4.5 innings, the Cardinals were up 3-1.
Then the Cubs got it rolling in the 5th inning where they gave the Cardinals a beating in the form of five runs. Victor Caratini led off the inning with a single, and ended up at second on an error by Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong. Tommy La Stella grounded out and Caratini went to third. The Cubs had a man on third with nobody out for the Captain, Anthony Rizzo. He doubled to bring home Caratini and it was a one run ball game. Next up was Kris Bryant who singled, moving Rizzo to third. Jason Heyward checked in and continued making an impact with a single, scoring Rizzo and taking Bryant from first to third. Bryant would score on a sacrifice fly by Ben Zobrist, and the Cubs now had a man on second with two outs for Ian Happ. He made everyone HAPP-y with his 12th bomb of the year, and that put the Cubs up 6-3.
The Cardinals got one of those runs right back in the sixth on solo shot by Matt Carpenter. Now the Cubs lead was 6-4. Jason Heyward and his boys weren't done yet, as he led off the inning with a single, and stole second base. Ben Zobrist came up and singled to bring Heyward home, and the Cubs were once again up by three - 7-4 at the end of seven.
The see-saw scoring continued as the Cardinals scored a run in the top of the 8th on an RBI groundout by Matt Carpenter. The Cubs came roaring back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Caratini and Bryant. At the end of eight innings, the Cubs led 9-5.
But the Cardinals continued to pester the Cubs by putting up one final fight in the top of the ninth inning. Paul DeJong led off with a double, and scored on a single by Kolton Wong. That would be the end of it as Pedro Strop recorded the last out and notched his third save.
We are playing FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES against the Cardinals, y'all, including a doubleheader on Saturday. I'm going to be greedy and ask that win every game, so we're off to a good start! The Cubs haven't exactly had the best luck against the Cardinals - winning just four of nine so far this season. However, the Cubs are hot, hot, hot right now -winning 13 of their last 16 and stand atop the National League Central some 3.5 games ahead of the Brewers.
Tomorrow, the Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound to oppose Jack Flaherty at 1:20 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago. Lester brings his National League leading 12 wins, and the NL's 4th best ERA (2.58) into the second half. He'll also look to continue his impressive performance at Wrigley where he is 5-1 with an ERA just under two in nine starts. Let's put some hot sauce on these Cardinals once again!
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