Bye Bye Birdies -- Cubs 8, Cardinals 4

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks went eight strong innings in Friday’s win over the Cardinals and the offense was equally on point in the victory.

Hendricks had a 1-2-3 first inning against the Cardinals; he got a popout from Paul DeJong, a lineout from José Martínez, and a swinging strikeout from Matt Carpenter.

Anthony Rizzo got his 98th RBI of the season on a single after a leadoff single from Daniel Murphy to lead off the first and a walk from Ben Zobrist. Zobrist scored on an error from Kolten Wong with Jason Heyward batting. The inning ended with an early 2-0 lead for the Cubs.

Kris Bryant hit his 13th home run of the season in the fourth inning to put the Cubs ahead 3-0.

Murphy doubled in the fifth and Zobrist followed with a but single. Rizzo scored Murphy o a sacrifice fly to center field and the Cubs left the inning ahead 4-.0.

Hendricks had great stuff throughout, but the Cardinals got on the board in the sixth inning. Greg Garcia pinch hit for Wainwright and grounded out to first. Carpenter was hit by a pitch, and Martínez followed with a double. Carpenter scored on a ground out from DeJong, and Marcell Ozuna then hit a single to score Martínez, bringing the score to 4-2.

Tyler Webb replaced Wainwright on the mound for the Cardinals in the Cubs half of the sixth and got a lineout to center from Heyward. John Brebbia then replaced Webb and got a groundout to first from Bryant and a flyout to center from Willson Contreras.

Matt Adams pinch hit for Brebbia in the seventh and struck out swinging for the second out. The third out came on a flyout to center from Carpenter.

Hendricks faced new Cardinals reliever Bud Norris to lead off the seventh and drew a walk. David Bote singled and advanced to second on a throwing error from Jedd Gyorko. Norris quickly exited with a leg injury and was replaced by Chasen Shreve. Hendricks cashed in on that leadoff walk, scoring on a sac fly from Murphy, to put the Cubs up 5-2.

Albert Almora Jr replaced Murphy, batting first, at center field, Zobrist moved from right field to second base, and Heyward moved from center to right field in the eighth. Hendricks continued on the mound and gave up a double to Dejong and a walk to Gyorko with two outs. Both were stranded after Yadier Molina flew out to right for the third out.

Jordan Hicks pitched for the Cardinals in the ninth inning and struck out Javier Báez swinging for the first out. Heyward singled on a ball to short that DeJong was not able to reign in. Bryant was hit by a pitch, followed by a forceout from Contreras with Heyward out at third. Contreras advanced to third on a throwing error by Gyorko. Tommy La Stella was up next, pinch hitting for Hendricks and walked to load the bases with two outs. Hicks walked Bote and the Cubs were now winning 6-2.

Dominic Leone replaced Hicks and faced Almora, who scored Contreras and La Stella on a single to right field. The third out came on a flyout to center from Zobrist. The Cubs headed into the ninth with plenty of insurance, ahead 8-2.

Hendricks was replaced by Jorge De La Rosa in the ninth. Hendricks went eight innings, with seven hits, two runs (both earned), two walks, and two strikeouts.

The Cardinals added a few runs in the ninth against De La Rosa. Tyler O’Neill scored  Yairo Muñoz on a single. Martínez advanced and O’Neill then scored on a fielding error from Báez, but the game would end with a Cubs win with a score of 8-4 on a swinging strikeout from DeJong.

 

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  • Any day that Wainwright loses a game is a great day. Cannot stand his arrogance.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Yeah, but I loved the look on his face as he watched KB's dinger sail!

  • What an effort by Hendricks today! The Cubs played well up until it got wet and sloppy, but managed to finish it off. Albert Jr. had a heck of an AB there in the 8th.

  • We needed that. That performance from Hendricks set us up nicely for the weekend, and we could even see the return of Strop. The bats are heating up and the plate approach looks great. Well, except Javy. Hopefully he got all that out of his system today.

    Two games to go, and Norway will be in with his report. It ain't rocket science. There was a lot of dread and doom and gloom the past week. I can't fault anyone as we watched that lead nearly evaporate. But Milwaukee needs help, not us. There is no panic in this team. We need to win, plain and simple. We won today.

    Thank you! May I have another?

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yes You May!!

  • Ok, I think I'm off the ledge...

    Great play the last 3 games, but we must keep this up! Most of the batting order is getting better at bats, though I was not impressed with Javy's ABs today. Too much swinging at stuff way off the plate. Time to wrangle it in Javy, and look the other way.

    Jordan Zimmerman pitching for the Tigers tonight against Zach Davies, who is beatable. Out of Zimmerman's last 4 starts, he's had 2 good ones, and 2 clunkers. Hopefully he's on point tonight. If the Tigers have any chance in stealing a game, I'd think it would be tonight. The other 2 Detroit starters are Daniel Norris and Spencer Turnbull, both of whom do not inspire any confidence. All that really matters is that the Cubs win again tomorrow. Hamels against Mikolas should be a pretty tough matchup.

    It's funny how down I got about these last so many Cubs losses with the Brewers playing so well. I had a very deja vu moment yesterday that reminded me about how positive I felt about the Cubs chances to win the World Series in 2016, even when we were down 3 games to 1 against the Tribe, I just knew we'd come back and win it! I hope that feeling happens once again...

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Dont sleep on Daniel Norris. He was a top prospect for a reason besides living in his VW Bus. He can surprise w 5 or 6 good innings. Problem is the Tigers pen will have to support him.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Times have changed. There has always been that dread, wondering what will go wrong. But this is a different era. We may lose, but I no longer feel it is imminent.

    Heck, I just went back and watched the top of the 8th inning of Game 6 in 2003. The one with that infamous play that cost us the series and a trip to the WS. You know which one I'm talking about. Yeah, Gonzalez's boot of Miggy's grounder to SS. Without that change in attitude and culture, I wouldn't be able to do that. It's different now. Honestly, while I was watching that debacle, I was studying Prior's mechanics and wistfully wishing "only if...".

  • Tigers up 2-0!!!

  • In reply to bolla:

    3-0!!! Still threatening 2 on 1 out

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    In reply to bolla:

    Davies got 6 more outs then it looked like he would get in the 1st inning. Now the pen has to get 15 outs tonight and hopefully it stays close the rest of the way

  • Yelich 2 run hr in 1st inning. Tigers up 3-2

  • Braun isn’t inning hr .tied 3-3

  • In reply to stix:

    Not good this is what it feels like relying on the Tigers lost cause. This is the Tigers game to win unfortunately too and so much for a let down game for Milwaukee. Hard for me not to see yelich winning MVP given his recent torrid stretch the Marlins should've held onto him he has a ton of cost control and he could've been there rizzo. I know they got their best prospect from that trade but why would they want brinson as a centerpiece after his disappointing MLB debut with the Brewers. Seems like a risky centerpiece for a ton of cost control on yelich I'd have demanded a high floor high ceiling young player and they had plenty of time to wait out a better offer

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Yeah, I'm not counting on the Brewers losing anymore, at least not till after Sunday. And yeah, the Marlins really screwed up if Brinson was the best they got back in that deal. It really is a shame the Cubs didn't have any good prospects left to get Yelich, who probably deserves the MVP at this point.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Your right. It sure feels like a lost cause, but we have to believe baseball is going to baseball.

    Bats just have to cool down or one of their starters turn back into their usual lifetime pumpkin selves for at least 1 night.

    I love Baez as much as the next guy, but even a month ago I was saying it was going to be Yelich's MVP to lose and that was only happening if the Crew missed the playoffs. He's been on fire the whole 2nd H. I have him on 2 fantasy teams so I been watching the kinda weeks he's been putting up closely.

    We still have a chance in this game and perhaps the Norris start. Just need those Tigers to win one to give us some wiggle room.

  • wow I walked out the room and returned game tied

  • In reply to bolla:

    You can't leave that room again bolla!!!

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Lol the tigers just suck

  • In reply to bolla:

    Yes, sometimes the truth hurts.

    It's funny to hear them interview the owner and not ask what the situation would be like right now had he that millionaire guy approved upping the payroll by another $5-10mm to add another starter (like Hamels or Happ) at the deadline. I wonder where the extra profit from the postseason will go?

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I know. I was hoping his cheapness was going to keep them out of the playoffs and cause hysteria in cheese land over the winter.

    They can still be 1 and done though.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    The announcers work for him not MLB. If you like your job you do not ask an owner a question like that. I don't think Len and Jim would ask Rickets a question like that.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Your 100% rt. Oh they would never. They are the ultimate "company yes men"

    I don't blame them on some level. You have a family and want to keep cashing checks.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I agree. I don't blame them either. I like having "homer" announcers for your team.

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    In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I like having homers to a point. Hawk is a little too much for me. I want homers w a back bone. Don't have to be controversial....... but realistic. JD does a pretty good job w out going all Hawk.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Yeah I know all that... it's more just a comment on the cheapness of the organization to not truly go for it when the time is now. I really think if they had upgraded their pitching, they'd be in the driver's seat right now.

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    Do we want the cards eliminated tonight so they are dejected but loose tomorrow, or do we want them w a slim lifeline and keep playing tight?

    Which is more conducive for a Cubs victory tomorrow?

    I want them eliminated going into Sunday 100%. Let them sit Jack Flaherty as there is no reason to stretch his innings any further w nothing to play for. Although it would be a very cardinal thing to do to risk their future to potentially cause us grief.

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    Right now it's Milw over Det 5-3 and Yelich homered. Damn. They aren't going away, you have to hand it to them.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Yelich is barely even making outs anymore this week.

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    I have a feeling the Brewers KO blow is coming..........

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    Blaine Hardy induced the inning ending DP......... There is a chance......

    Come on Tigers......heart( if we can call it that) of the lineup

    Time to wrestle that momentum away

  • Couple of big, breaking pieces of news I missed today:

    The Cubs have activated C Bobby Wilson from the 10-day DL. He's the one we acquired from the Twins for Gimenez and cash. Might not seem like a big deal, and hopefully it isn't, but if something were to happen to Contreras or Caratini...

    And the one I'm really ashamed of missing: today is National Drink Beer Day! I didn't know that existed, but the night is still young. We won today, so it is in celebration rather than drowning sorrows. To all of those that imbibe in this particular fermented beverage: CHEERS!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Cheers! I’m tipping a Sam Adams Oktober at ya...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Brent Kavanaugh knows it!

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    What would we have given the Marlins for Yelich? Almora and our top piching prospect? Would they have taken that?

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I would guess for the lack of top pitching prospects maybe it would take Almora, Happ, Alozay, and some small pieces.

    Almora and Happ seem like too much since Brinson struggled, but he comes w more control and at that time, he was considered can't miss whereas Almora and Happ already had a little shine off of them.

    Maybe it still might not be enough. Just my guess.

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    Dawel Lugo...... who the F is he?

    But he is our hero for the day !!

    Just hit a PH 2 run HR off Josh Hader !!

    5-5 game

  • and the tigers give the lead right back, man this team sucks

  • In reply to bolla:

    Unbelievable... I know you can't assume that RF'er catches that and makes the out, but part of me would want to give him an error that results in the HR.

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    6-5 top of the 9th but Det has a man on 1st no outs. More to come.

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    Ryan Braun is still dangerous....... if he gets hot, that Brew lineup is very credible....... Pennant worthy

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    Det loses 6-5.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Milwaukee is good. Back when j was trying to figure out a way too get Yelich, I made the statement, that he was just a notch below Trout and Harper. I was wrong. They are a notch below him.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Ummmm....I don’t think so. At least when it comes to Trout. Harper could be debated for sure.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Trout is several notches above yelich, Harper is better too but the gap is closer. This is a career year for yelich, he’s gonna win nl mvp

  • In reply to bolla:

    I think 2 great games by Javy leading to Cubs wins will win him the MVP. A couple of El Mago defensive plays will show that defense matters.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I want baez to win mvp but yelich been on fire and he's surpassed baez in slugging and his right behind him in hr's.That's better ba,on base,ops,slug and war, tied in sb's with a scorching 2nd half with a surging brewers team. Yelich has a negative dwar and cain co leads the nl in war which should be factors that help baez case but recency bias is real and the writers will give it to yelich because of that.

    Unfortunately baez's defense won't be enough.Very happy for him,he's silenced a lot of doubters with a phenomenal season and if it wasn't for him I don't think the cubs would be in the postseason this season.

  • In reply to bolla:

    A career year or he is yet to reach his ceiling. Time will tell us.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Yea hope it's a career year.Don't want to face this version of yelich for another 4 years.

  • In reply to bolla:

    As I said earlier this week, the MVP this year in the NL is deGrom, hands down.

    I acknowledge the voters tend to discount pitchers in MVP voting and they still consider team finish, but he is easily the most valuable player in 2018.

    Yelich has been the best position player but it really isnt even a contest when it comes to the player who has performed at the highest level in the NL this season.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    Yelich and Baez have their teams in positions to win.....deGrom will get the Cy Young.....probably.....but won’t finish in the top 3 in mvp.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    That's your opinion, and I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean that as a legitimate answer. It comes down to one's definition of "most valuable". There are many opinions on what should be valued in voting for the MVP. deGrom has had, without question, the most dominant season of any player this year. But his team is bad, and without him his team would be... more bad? I'm not saying you're wrong, only that it depends on the definition of "valuable". There is no right answer because it is trying to answer to an undefined question.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Thank you!!!!

    DeGrom is best player on a “Least Valuable” team. He should not even be in consideration. There is an award for his individual performance measured against pitchers and that is the Cy Young. Despite his great year he provided ZERO value to their success or lack thereof.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    deGrom? A pitcher that has won 10 games on a team that has won 75 games. No way! Will not happen.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    Disagree. De grom will get the cy young but yelich or baez will win mvp. Most likely yelich and I absolutely hope I’m wrong about that. Just being objective

  • Well the Rockies have clinched a playoff spot, so it's down to the Dodgers and Cardinals for the last one. The crazy part, besides the Braves clinching their division, no other NL playoff spot/seeding is a sure thing yet, with only 2 games left for each team.

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    Looks like its going to be the Dodgers @ Brew in wild card game for right to face us. ( assuming we handle our biz)

    IMO, winner of this series is going to the WS.

    Was hoping the Cubs wouldnt have to play the Dodgers in a 5 game series. Guess after we cheer for Brew to lose a game this wknd, we cheer for them in the wild card game.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I'm definitely with you on not wanting to play Dodgers in 5-game series, especially because Kershaw is scheduled for today so he would pitch twice in the NLDS.

  • Just to recap, MIL beat DET. The Cubs Magic Number for clinching the division is 2.

    Both LAD and COL won. LAD still 1 game back COL for the West. COL has clinched a post-season spot, the last playoff team will be either LAD or StL, but StL is 2 games back with 2 to play.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Redbirds will be Deadbirds after today.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    Cubs will need to win out to win the division. It would be a major upset for Detroit to come away with a W.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Not really. They could lose today, win tomorrow and win on Monday and win the division. They could also win today, lose tomorrow and win on Monday and win the division.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    I'm hoping that we won't have to play a tiebreaker. The extra rest could really help.

  • Baseball is a crazy game, the tigers may look like toast but who knows they may end up pulling a win out.Last night night they were up 3-0 and later tied the game vs hader who has shown vulnerability lately but was just on a streak of retiring 16 straight batters with k's.A rookie hit a pinch hit hr off him to tie the game then they promptly gave up the game winning run the next inning.They had a man on in the 9th with no outs and jeffries was 3-1 but they hit into a double play.

    but the cubs still need to handle their business,a loss in he next 2 means a potential tiebreaker monday or facing the dodgers in the wc game.Prefer they win the next 2 to avoid either scenario, but that's easier said then done.I believe montgomery pitches tomorrow and that's the game I'm worried about the most, he's solid but that's not the guy I want to count on in must win games.

  • To me nothing I’ve ever seen matches that last night of the 2011 regular season but this is getting closer to that....
    Rays were down 7-1 late and won and then the Nats kicked it away in Baltimore I think....I dunno....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    No no....it was Boston that gagged it away.....Papelbon

  • Let us be more educated than thinking sports reporting framing as a group motivation, i.e., which team has more motivation to win. By the nature of calendar and position in the league the remaining two teams have the same motivation. As Maddon so well framed it for his team when their lead was 1 game in the loss column (1/2) that the playoffs had actually began. My opinion is that Cubs will need to win 96 games to win the division (that could be in 162 game or a 163 game schedule).

    As for their opponent in front of them this weekend, watching the replay (had to work 14 hours yesterday) what I noticed was visibly frustration from Molina and Wainwright. What else I noticed is that the Cardinals defense, especially in field defense, was full of stone gloves and wild arms. Cubs on the other hand demonstrated how defense is a difference maker.

    Watching the last two innings of the Brewers game showed me the same attitude the Cubs possessed in 2015, they are not going to lose to Detroit. So the Cubs have to win out and in doing so eliminate the Cards from the playoffs.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    Yea Molina was hot but......he was right......those are usually called strikes....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    They were pretty borderline, so I'm not sure that they are usually called strikes. Yadi works those umps to his advantage and he doesn't like it when his pitcher doesn't get those close calls.

  • I want Baez to be MVP, but...

    Christian Yelich's last nine plate appearances:

    Three-run homer
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Walk
    Two-run homer
    Walk
    Walk

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    He struck out his last at bat.

  • Brewers have had their fair share of luck going for them lately (a ball rolling along the top of a fence and going over are you kidding me) and also the advantage yesterday and today of the Cubs playing way ahead of them time wise so they know where they stand.....

    ....time to make it HURT! They already screwed us out of our celebration tonight when we win today and they lose....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    .....and if that does happen....
    Cubs should start Chatwood tomorrow

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Why would you want Chatwood to start? He is possibly the worst starting pitcher in the history of the game. It would be a time to celebrate.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    If the Cubs win today and the Crew loses you could start anyone tomorrow.....is what I mean.

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