Game Log: Cubs hammer Cards with long balls, win 7-2

Game Log: Cubs hammer Cards with long balls, win 7-2

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on August 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 9:07 PM

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals flashed life in the ninth, with Jon Jay picking up a one-out single and Daniel Descalso reaching on a strike out that saw the ball skip away. 

With two aboard, Matt Carpenter struck out to leave things up to Kolten Wong. 

The rookie second baseman took a called third and the game closed wiith a 7-2 Cubs win. 

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The Cubs kept the air raid going in the ninth, when Arismendy Alcantara led off the inning with a solo shot to center. 

It was the fourth bomb of the game, giving Chicago a commanding 7-2 lead. 

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The Cardinals threatened again in the seventh, with Randal Grichuk picking up a one-out pinch hit. Kolten Wong moved him to second on a single with two outs, by Matt Holliday lined out to left field to strand both.

The Cubs seized the chance to take the lead, putting two in scoring position off the bat against Pat Neshek. Pinch hitter Logan Watkins singled and quickly moved to third when Chris Coghlan notched a ground-rule double down the right field line. 

Both men scored when Javier Baez picked up a traditional double, shooting a rocket into the left center gap. 

Neshek regrouped, getting a pop fly and a strike out, but Soler wasn’t done showing off. He jumped on the first pitch and sent it screaming out to left, clearing the stands and landing it on the concourse. 

The bomb made it 6-2 Cubs and though the inning closed one hitter later, Busch Stadium was silent. 

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The long ball struck again in the seventh, with Cubs prospect Jorge Soler hit a towering shot to center field. 

It was his second in three major league games. The shot evened the game and pushed Miller’s ERA to 4.21. It’s his eighth home run allowed in seven starts, though six of those are solo shots. 

That was the sum total of the inning, but it was enough to lock the score heading into the final 15 outs. 

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Jay followed his hit with a near-amazing catch, crashing into the wall chasing down a one-out Starlin Castro shot to left center. 

The impact kept him from making the play, but Holliday picked up the ball on the rebound and threw to Peralta who caught Castro going to third with a perfect throw. 

A grounder to first followed, and the Cardinals were out of trouble again. 

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Jon Jay set the table again in the fifth when he logged a leadoff single. Shelby Miller bunted him to second for the the top of the order. 

Matt Carpenter hit a ball off the end of the bat to move the center fielder along to third, but with two outs Kolten Wong grounded sharply to first to close the inning. 

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Things were quiet through the third before Miller worked out of a jam in inning number four. 

The starter issued back-to-back one-out walks, the latter of which followed an 0-2 count to Jorge Soler. 

He was able to get a ground ball from Welington Castillo, but the Cardinal infield couldn’t turn two on the play. It wouldn’t matter, as Arismendy Alcantara flew out to Holliday with men at the corners for the final out. 

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The Cubs cut the lead in half with the first batter of the second inning when Luis Valbuena hit an 0-1 fastball 417 feet to right center.

It was his 14th of the year and the fifth homer Miller has allowed in seven starts. The solo shot was followed by a single from Jorge Soler. 

The damage would end there, as Miller picked up a strikeout and a ground out before Oscar Taveras made a nice catch on the run to close out the Cubs’ half of the inning.

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It was textbook baseball in the first inning for the Cardinals. Matt Carpenter led off with a single into left field and Kolten Wong drew a walk behind him to put two on for Matt Holliday. 

The veteran left fielder poked a single through the hole between short and third, giving Carpenter enough time to round third base and score. 

Matt Adams popped out behind third base for the first out, but on Jhonny Peralta’s first pitch Wong stole third to make it runners at the corners. 

The move paid off when Jhonny Peralta looped a broken bat single over Starlin Castro’s head, making it 2-0 with runners at first and second for the recently returned Yadier Molina. 

The fans would have to wait to celebrate, however, as the 32-year-old struck out for the second man away. 

 

Oscar Taveras ending the inning with a grounder to first, but the Cardinals were ahead after one. 

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