scheduled tribe. LOUIS – Cardinals manager Mike Schildt had an idea when he saw Yadier Molina climb home plate in the 10th inning: game over.
Molina doubled the winning run against All-Star close-up Craig Kimbrel to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
“I think the game is over there,” Schildt said. “It’s the first thing that comes to my mind. I’m sitting there thinking it’s time to go home. He was locked inside. He’s a tough player.”
Adam Wainwright played seven strong innings for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson hit an RBI double in the seventh to put St. Louis 2-1.
Bader also robbed Wilson Contreras of the opening two-run homer.
“The defense behind me tonight was outstanding,” Wainwright said. “Those guys played a really good game. Their guy did a good job too, so it was a good win. Last night was a tough loss. We just couldn’t lose it. The clubhouse is rocking right now.”
Chicago leveled ninth with a double off pinch hitter Eric Sogard’s double off Giovanni Gallegos.
Paul Goldschmidt started the bottom of 10th as an automatic runner at second base. Nolan Arenado edged out Kimbrel (1-3), who reached the final in ninth for the Cubs. Molina then hit a ground-rule double and a drive into right field for his ninth career game-ending hit.
Anthony Rizzo started the top 10 in second place and went on to third on a single by Javier Baez, who chased John Gantt. But on a forceout in seconds, Rizzo stalled halfway down the line and was tagged in a rundown for a double play.
Cubs manager David Ross said, “Looks like he just froze in there.” “We had dropped some guys in the game before. We shouldn’t have even been in that position to be honest with you.”
Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa begins the play.
“I was running through the scenarios in my head before the play,” Sousa said through a translator. “What can I do if the ball hits me? I noticed that Rizzo was not breaking immediately. I went to second base on my own. I looked again and saw that he was a little further down the line and that time he Was on point of no return. I had to go home so we could have Rizzo.”
TJ McFarland (1–0) earned his first win with the Cardinals.
After the Cubs were tied in the ninth, Gantt came in and hit two batters off the pitch and loaded the base before Rizzo was grounded.
St. Louis went 2–1 in the seventh when the Cardinals chased down starter Kyle Hendrix, who has won 10 straight decisions.
“Kyle was great tonight,” Ross said. “I thought it was another great performance from him. He’s been as good and steady as anyone.”
Paul DeJong hit a slow roller in front of the plate and moved to second on an error thrown by the catcher Contreras. With one out, Bader hits a double from the left that nets Djong the goal.
“I play with my heart,” said Bader. “It’s a matter of keeping things simple. I’m very happy playing baseball with my teammates. I think we have a lot of good things ahead.”
Bader, who scored 3 for 4, has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 matches, while making five multi-hit attempts in his last seven matches.
“He understands what kind of player he needs to be,” Schildt said. “He’s a gifted kid.”
Andrew Chaffin entered and received a flyout before Carlson doubled in the bed.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third when Rafael Ortega tripled with a dismissal to Nico Horner.
“We left 12 people at the base,” Horner said. “In a low-scoring game, it is important. I had a few at-bats with runners in the scoring position. Everyone in the locker room thought we were a pitch from turning the game. “
Wainwright and Molina began their 292nd careers as batterymates, the fourth all-timer in major league history (since record-keeping began in 1908). The pair are 14 games behind the Chicago White Sox pair of Rad Faber and Ray Schalk for third place.
Schildt was dismissed before the start of the sixth innings. Carlson was called on strike with runners on second and third by plate umpire Jeff Nelson to finish fifth. An upset Carlson expressed his displeasure over the call. Schildt came out and was sent to the clubhouse for the third time this season and for the eighth time in his career.
“I took a nap,” quipped Schildt as he spent the rest of the game.
hit the pitch
Cardinals pitchers drowned five batsmen in the game, including three in the ninth inning. This raised St. Louis’ total to an MLB-leading 72 hit batsmen.
Goldschmidt extended his season-best hitting streak to 16 games with a first-innings double. It is the longest in the majors and the longest active streak by a Cardinals player since Molina’s 16-game run in April 2019.
Cubs: Kris Bryant (hamstring fatigue) stayed out of the lineup. Bryant was dropped in the fifth inning on Wednesday after taking a diving catch in the third innings. He may return on Thursday. … 3b David Boate (left shoulder dislocation) will resume his rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after a day off on Wednesday.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (Cell) is set to start a rehab Saturday for Triple-A Memphis in Louisville. … RHP Daniele Ponce de Leon (Shoulder) is set to pitch an innings for Memphis on Thursday.
Cubs: RHP Edbert Aljole (4-9, 4.59 ERA) will make his 17th start of the season on Thursday and second against St. Louis. He is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.
Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (5-5, 2.87) has not allowed a run in 21 innings, the longest streak by a St. Louis pitcher this year. Kim, who made four consecutive starts, beat the Cubs 6-0 on July 10 to win six innings.
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