We're awaiting Jorge Soler's debut at Wrigley Field, along with the call-up of a less-heralded but still very intriguing pitcher in Eric Jokisch. And no, don't expect Kris Bryant to be called up. In the meantime, we're also awaiting approval of our Theo love mug (TM) so stay tuned for that.
Oh yeah, this is a recap, let's get to it!
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium
Cubs 7, Cardinals 2
W: Ramirez (2-1) L: Neshek (6-1)
It’s hard not to drink the Cubs Kool-Aid, or our recent favorite being a Theo love mug, especially when the “kids” are playing the way they do. Jorge Soler homered twice, Javier Baez had a tiebreaking two-run double and Arismendy Alcantara added a solo shot as the Cubs’ rookies stole the show in St. Louis to lead the Cubs to a 7-2 victory Friday night. The thing about this is that they’re not all here yet. We are still waiting to see Kris Bryant and a few others in the majors. Soler was playing his third big league game and he led off the seventh with a solo homer to tie the game. He then added a no-doubt shot in the eighth. He joined Baez, who had a multi-homer game on August 7th against the Rockies. Luis Valbuena also hit a solo home run in the second. Kyle Hendricks started out shaky, needing 26 pitches in the first inning. The Cardinals ended up 2-0 at the end of the second. After that, Hendricks settled down and retired 16 of the next 17 batters. He didn’t earn a decision but he finished with a line of six innings pitched, two runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts. This was his fifth quality start and closed out the month 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts.
8/30-Day (Makeup from 5/14): W
Cubs 5, Cardinals 1
W: Doubront (3-4) L: Masterson (6-9)
The Cubs cruised to a win in the first game of a doubleheader and Jorge Soler and Javy Baez had nothing to do with it. Logan Watkins hit his first Major League home run and Chris Valaika followed with his second this season. Starlin Castro added a solo shot in the fifth and Chris Coghlan drove in the Cubs’ first two runs to back Felix Doubront in his Cubs debut. Felix Doubront was with the Red Sox in April and he picked up the win in his first start for the Cubs on Saturday. The lefty gave up just one run in seven innings, struck out four and walked one.
Cardinals 13, Cubs 2
W: Gonzales (1-2) L: Wada (4-2)
The Cardinals were hurt by homers in the day game and then they got revenge in the second. Matt Holliday didn’t miss a beat and definitely seemed to be on top of his game. He homered twice and had five RBIs as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 13-2 Saturday night to earn a split of a day-night doubleheader. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for St. Louis, who won for just the third time in its past nine games. Marco Gonzales gave up one run and three hits over a season-high six innings. Tsuyoshi Wada gave up four runs in six innings. The 13 runs were a season high for the Cardinals. Nine runs came in the eighth inning off Cubs relievers.
Cardinals 9, Cubs 6
W: Neshek (7-1) L: Villanueva (5-7) SV: Rosenthal (40)
Matt Holliday came through once again and put St. Louis on the board with a solo homer in the fourth. He added another run with a double in the Cards' three-run fifth, and then broke the tie in the eighth with a two-run single. Jhonny Peralta added three hits and two RBIs as the Cardinals beat the Cubs 9-6 in a come-from-behind victory. The Cubs did have some offense as Luis Valbuena had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle, and Arismendy Alcantara added a solo home run. Valbuena now has 15 homers and 46 RBIs, topping his previous career highs in home runs and RBIs, set last year when he hit 12 and drove in 37 in 108 games. He's also played in a personal-best 126 games this season. The Cubs led 5-0 after the second and still led in the seventh 6-4, but then they collapsed. They had various defensive plays that cost them runs. Alcantara couldn't get his glove on Carpenter's fly ball, which resulted in an RBI double. Javier Baez wasn't able to get a glove on Yadier Molina's ball with two outs in the seventh, and another run scored to tie the game at 6. Both Alcantara and Baez are new at their positions, so this is part of the development and growth that they have to go through at the Major League level. Despite the loss the Cubs did finish August with a 16-14 record.
Next up for the Cubs:
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Wrigley Field
* The Cubs start a three-game set against the Brewers tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Brewers look to end their trip on a positive note as they currently have a 1-5 record. The Brewers are tied for first place with the Cardinals in the NL Central race. They will send Jimmy Nelson to the mound to try to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cubs are out of the division race and sit in last place but they will definitely play spoiler just like they did for St. Louis. Jorge Soler will be making his Wrigley Field debut on Monday. Soler is 8-for-15 with three home runs in four games since being called up last week. Here are the game details and probable pitchers:
Monday, September 1, 1:20 PM CDT
Jimmy Nelson, RHP vs. Jacob Turner, RHP
TV = WGN
Wednesday, September 3, 7:05 PM CDT
Matt Garza, RHP vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
TV = CSN
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!