Former Cardinals utilityman Joe Mather delivered the game-winning, two-run single off Cardinals right-hander Jason Motte to give the Chicago Cubs a 3-2 win over the Cardinals Monday night. But a bigger at-bat might have been the 12-pitch (six foul balls at 3-2) by pinch-hitter Bryan LaHair that resulted in a one-out walk.
Motte then walked catcher Geovany Soto on four pitches and, after an infield out, let a cutter get too much of the plate and Mather made him pay for it as the Cardinals lost for the first time when leading after seven innings.
"I didn't make a good enough pitch," said Motte, who, though he wound up with 31 pitches in the ninth, said he wasn't exhausted or distracted by the at-bat with LaHair.
The Cardinals' offense again struggled, which, as much as anything, cost left-hander Jaime Garcia a victory. Garcia, exhibiting a sharp slider and a changeup that he turns over like a screwball, was scored on only in the first as he worked 7 23 strong innings, walking on...