September 10, 2015

Cards comeback salvages Cubs series

ST. LOUIS--BUSCH STADIUM--An eight inning comeback by the St. Louis Cardinals kept the Chicago Cubs from sweeping the N. L. Central leaders yesterday afternoon.

The Cardinals now have a bit more breathing room in the standings, now seven and a half games up on Chicago and four and a half games on the the second place Pittsburgh Pirates.

The cubs plated three runs worth in their first two innings of at-bats. The Cardinals managed one run in the bottom of the first inning off of Cubs' starter, Jon Lester, the only run he gave up (earned) in his seven innings of work, striking out seven Redbirds.

Cardinals' starter, Carlos Martinez, like Lester, earned no decision, but only pitched five innings, allowing double figure hits at 10, but striking out eight Cubs. Martinez's feast or famine pitching made Chicago earn the runs they did get early.

Once Lester left the pitching stage, the Cards took advantage of the Cubs bullpen, and the chance to salvage one game of the three-game series.

In the Cardinals half of the eighth, Matt Carpenter singled home Pete Kozma to bring the score within one at 3-2.

Stephen Piscotty played the late inning hero for St. Louis, doubling to center field, bringing home Peter Bourjos an Matt Carpenter, giving the Cards a 4-3 lead that would stand for the game, Piscotty claiming the game-winning hit.

St. Louis reliever, Johnathan Broxton (2-4), picked up the win.

The Cardinals head to Cincinnati to start a three-game series with the Reds today.