Stephen Piscotty slams out a three hole shot in the eighth to begin a five run rally past the Cubs.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
One thing about the St. Louis Cardinals this season, they have found ways for the comeback win late in the game. Last night was no different in their final game against the Chicago Cubs. As much as Randal Grichuk crunched out a Grand Slam in Game Three to begin a Cardinals five run eighth in Game Three for their 8-4 win, Stephen Piscotty was the player in Game Four to diminish Cubs hopes of winning this series.
Cubs starter John Lackey had only given up one run on his watch to Matt Carpenter, who put the Cardinals on the board on an error throw by 2B Ben Zobrist in the third. Cardinals were only one run short of a tie. Cardinals starter Mike Leake had given up two earned runs in his first to Anthony Rizzo and Zobrist. In his sixth, Rizzo added another RBI on a single which gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead until the famous eighth inning; and, Lackey saw his possible win vanish.
Cubs Hector Rondon was called for duty in the eighth. No outs on the board and two runners on. Stephen Piscotty, comes to face him. On a 1-1 count, Piscotty blasts the two-seamer out way over the center wall for a three-run homer, to take a 4-3 lead.
The Cardinals were not finished with Rondon. He did get his first out before Brandon Moss came to bat. Moss, also, slugs out a solohome run to the opposite field in left to give the Cardinals a two run lead. Travis Wood replaced Rondon, got the second out, issued a walk and Jedd Gyorko punched out a single for two runners on.
Randal Grichuk, that player who slammed out a four hole the night before, wastes no pitches from Wood. He connects for a RBI double for the fifth run in the eighth to put the Cardinals on top, 6-3.
Cardinals Kevin Siegrist, bottom of the eighth, gave up one earned run. Once again, Anthony Rizzo for a solo home run to chip away at the St. Louis lead. Rizzo was the Cubs offense last night with 3-4 AB and 3 RBI. Closer Seung Hwan Oh came in and took care of business, in the eighth for Siegrist and returned to close for his 11 save, taking down the side with 3 K's.
Matt Bowman, in the seventh, he had loaded the bases, no outs on the board. He dug deep to get out of his jam to earn his second win this season. He had one strikeout and great defense behind him.
Rondon was handed his third loss with 2 HR/4 ER allowed in his .01 inning pitched in the Cardinals 6-4 win.
MY ONE LAST "SALTY" NOTE REGARDING THIS FOUR GAME SERIES
The Cardinals received three HBP in this series, of which Piscotty was the target to two. Thankfully, no major harm done to him; however, Matt Holliday may not return this season with a broken thumb sustained in Game One. The only retaliation Cardinals made was that of Randal Grichuk's Grand Slamin Game Three; and, Stephen Piscotty's three run homer in Game Four. You see, Sir Maddon, there are more effective ways to take care of such actions by your hurlers. This is "The Cardinals Way".
HAPPY FLIGHT FOR THE CARDINALS ON THEIR DAY OFF
The Cardinals leave Chicago on a high note; and, to the chagrin of the ESPN commentators; and possibly, the Cubs, with splitting the series with the Chicago northenders. A team, even though sitting 12 games out of first in the NL Central, can not be taken for granted. The Cardinals have today off and travel to Houston to take on the Astros for two games.