Cards 2 @ Cubs 4
Full disclosure here: I didn’t plan to watch this game too closely. I had an afternoon full of errands to run, which I expected would last until just after the game ended. I figured I’d fast forward through to the highlights on MLB.tv and piece together a recap from there that would be posted within an hour of the game ending. I don’t like doing it that way, but unfortunately life looked to be getting in the way.
Well, Anthony Rizzo and Paul Maholm had different plans for me. When I got home, I checked Twitter just in time to see that St. Tony added to his growing resume with a walk-off home run. A little more reading and I discovered I’d missed another Maholm gem. With those factors combined, I had to go back and watch…so, I got to see a great game (after knowing the outcome), and unfortunately you, dear reader, get a slightly delayed recap.
The Great (there were a lot of good things – two clutch run-scoring fielders choices to put the Cubs up early, a one-two-three inning out of Carlos Marmol to send it to extra innings – but today we focus on the great):
- St. Tony Wins It – This Anthony Rizzo kid can play a little ball, eh? Rizzo went 3-4, walked once, and drove in a couple runs…a couple of extra inning, game winning runs, that is. Rizzo’s blast in the bottom of the tenth gave the Cubs the series win over the Cardinals, and by my count was the sixth time in 27 games with the Cubs that he drove in the winning run. What I’m trying to say is: I love you, Anthony Rizzo. I may suspend my rule against buying jerseys of non-retired players for you.
- Maholm’s Gem – Certain to be overshadowed by Rizzo’s heroics was yet another gem twirled by Paul Maholm. The lefty allowed just one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings against a Cardinals team that feasts on southpaws, including teammate Travis Wood on Friday. Maholm has now pitched at least six innings without giving up more than one run in six consecutive starts.
- One Bad Pitch – The most unfortunate part of this game is that it should never have gotten to extra innings. Maholm deserved a win for his efforts, but Shawn Camp denied him that joy by throwing a belt high sinker to Carlos Beltran that couldn’t have missed the center of the plate by more that an inch. That sinker ended up in the basket in left center field, ending Maholm’s chance for a win.
“We can’t be playing well and come in here and lose to the Cubs,” St. Louis’ Matt Holliday said. “We can’t lose this series. But we did.” ~ Matt Holliday
I think I speak for Cubs fans everywhere when I say…well, there’s really no nice way to say it, so fill in the blanks for yourself.