It was a bullpen day for the Cubs on Sunday. Nine total pitchers were used in what would normally be the last game of the regular season, but with both the Cubs and Brewers winning their matches, we’ll have a game 163 at Wrigley tomorrow.
Matt Carpenter led off with a double against Cubs starter Mike Montgomery and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from José Martínez. Carpenter scored on a single from Paul DeJong, who was forced out at second on the next at-bat from Tyler O’Neill, who made it to first. O’Neill then scored on a single from Patrick Wisdom and the Cardinals ended the top of the first ahead 2-0.
The Cubs responded with a leadoff walk from Daniel Murphy, but no runs would be scored off of Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty in the home half of the first. Ben Zobrist lined out to right and Javier Báez grounded into a forceout with Murphy out at second. Anthony Rizzo singled to right and Báez was out at home on the throw from Martínez in right field.
Allen Webster replaced Montgomery in the third inning after Martínez lined out and DeJong doubled. O’Neill struck out looking, followed by a hit by pitch to Wisdom. Harrison Bader flew out to right for the third out.
Victor Caratini pinch hit for Webster and struck out swinging for the second out of the third. Murphy followed with a double to center, and Zobrist tripled to right, scoring Murphy. Zobrist then scored on a wild pitch with Báez batting. Báez walked and came around to score on a double from Rizzo. Kris Bryant was then intentionally walked, and Chasen Shreve replaced Flaherty on the mound for the Cardinals. He faced Jason Heyward, who singled and scored Rizzo. The Cubs ended the inning winning by 4-2.
Webster was replaced by Alec Mills for the fourth and worked a 1-2-3 inning. Yairo Muñoz struck out looking, Francisco Peña grounded out to short, and pinch-hitter Adolis García struck out swinging.
Austin Gomber replaced Shreve and walked Willson Contreras. Mills bunt popped out to Peña in foul territory, Murphy filed out to right, and Zobrist struck out looking for the third out.
The Cubs tacked on four more in the fifth inning. Báez led off with a single and Rizzo followed with a double, Báez to third. Bryant then hit a double to left to score Báez and Rizzo. Albert Almora, Jr pinch hit for Kyle Schwarber and flew out to right. Contreras hit his first home run since August 1st to bring the score to 8-2. It appeared the ball may have hit the tape and thus was not a home run, but the play was not officially reviewed. Further video replays within the broadcast showed that it hit the scoreboard first and then bounced off the tape.
The outfield shuffled around with Almora staying in at center, Heyward moved from center to right, and Zobrist moved from right to left field for the top of the sixth. Wisdom led off with a double and Bader walked, and Carl Edwards, Jr was then tapped to replace Mills. Wisdom advanced to third on a wild pitch from Edwards and Muñoz batting. Muñoz hit a two RBI single and the Cardinals were now trailing by 8-4. After walking pinch-hitter Greg Garcia, Edwards was pulled for Randy Rosario. Rosario got the final out of the inning on a groundout from Carpenter.
Tyler Webb pitched for the Cardinals in the sixth and struck out Murphy and induced a flyout from Zobrist. Báez hit his 40th double of the season, followed by a walk to Rizzo. Dakota Hudson then came in to pitch in place of Webb. Báez scored when Hudson couldn’t handle the throw at first from Carpenter (it was scored an error on Hudson). Heyward walked to load the bases and Almora scored Rizzo on a cracked-bat infield hit to third. The third out came on a swinging strikeout from Contreras and the inning would end with the Cubs up 10-4.
New Cubs pitcher Brandon Kintzler entered the game in the seventh, along with David Bote, who entered at third base. Bryant shifted to left and Zobrist moved to second base. Kintzler loaded the bases with two outs and was pulled for Steve Cishek. Muñoz was hit by a pitch at the belt and the score came to 10-5. The Cardinals were held to one run with the third out coming on a swinging strikeout from Peña.
Tommy La Stella led off the seventh for the Cubs, pinch-hitting in Cishek’s spot, against Daniel Poncedeleon. He struck out swinging, followed by groundouts to second base by Bote and Zobrist.
Jaime García pitched for the Cubs in the seventh and got a flyout from pinch-hitter Edmundo Sosa. Carpenter bounced to first and the play was recovered by Zobrist after the ball deflected off of Rizzo’s glove, who flipped it to García covering the base. O’Neill flew out to right field to end the inning.
Mike Meyers was the seventh pitcher to enter the game for the Cardinals and faced Báez leading off, who grounded out to first. Rizzo hit a single to right and was 4-for-4 at that point, but the inning ended after Bryant grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
The ninth Cubs pitcher to take the mound was Jorge De La Rosa in the ninth. He struck out Wisdom and Bader, then walked Muñoz. The final out of the game came on a flyout to right from Peña and the Cubs won 10-5. The division title will be decided tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 PM CST.