The Chicago Cubs entered Sunday’s game looking to sweep the Cardinals in St. Louis, after winning two total games in their last three series combined. The series began on Friday, which the Cubs won 3-0. It was the first time the Cubs shutout the Cardinals in St. Louis since June 23, 1997, when Jeremi Gonzalez threw a complete game shutout for the Cubs. Saturday night also resulted in a Cubs win, thanks to late game heroics by Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro.
Sunday’s game didn’t start out very well for the Cubs, with starting pitcher Edwin Jackson gave up three runs in the first inning. He settled down after that, giving up just one run in his last four innings of work.
Matt Holliday loses a fly ball in the sun, allowing a run to score. (Photo Credit: Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
The Cubs got a break in the third inning when Matt Holliday lost a fly ball in the sun, which allowed David DeJesus to score from first base. Holliday’s error gave the Cubs their first run of the game. The Cubs picked up three more runs, all on RBI singles from Darwin Barney (who had two of them) and Starlin Castro. Barney’s RBI single in the 6th inning tied the game up at 4-4.
The Cardinals put up a run in the bottom half of the 6th, and scored three more over the next two innings to help get the win. The Cubs didn’t score again, making the final score 8-4 in favor of St. Louis.
Though the Cubs would have liked to sweep the series, they were able to win two of three games against their biggest division rival. The Cubs aren’t in any position to make the playoffs this year, but they are in a great position to decide who will win the division. Of their remaining 45 games, 26 of them are against NL Central teams. And all but seven of their September games will be played against division foes.
The Cubs haven’t had a very good record against teams from their division in recent years, with this season being no exception. They have a record of 18-32 against the other NL Central teams this year, which is the lowest of the five teams in the division. With that said, winning this series against St. Louis was a good step for the Cubs. If they are able to use this series as momentum for the rest of the season, the Cubs can make the race in the NL Central much more interesting.