Box Score / Highlights 

The Game: The game was quite brutal tonight. It didn’t start out so bad, but Garza was pulled after 3 innings for cramps in his right triceps. He pitched well until he was pulled, only giving up 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out three. Justin Germano came in as relief for Garza and pitched well in his Cubs debut. He gave up 4 hits and 1 run and was replaced by Russell in the 7th. After that it all went downhill from there. St. Louis hit seven doubles and scored 12 times. The last time the Cubs gave up 12 runs in an inning was July 30, 2010, against the Rockies. 

The Cubs did have a scoring opportunity in the first, but it was wasted when Soto grounded out to end the inning. The Cubs were 4-hit. It seems like the hot streak is over and everything is going back to how it used to be.

Summary: The past two games were not good. Hopefully all the stink is out of the Cubs for the week, as tomorrow is Ron Santo day. It seems absolutely necessary to win one in honor of Ron. Nobody loved the Cubs as much as he did.

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec