#Cubs complete DH sweep of Cards
The Cubs made a statement on Tuesday by sweeping the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, winning the first game, 7-4, and taking the nightcap, 5-3. It’s Chicago’s first DH sweep over St. Louis since June 8, 1992, and first DH sweep overall since Aug. 13, 2008, against the Braves.
“It’s good when you’re able to take two games from a team like that, especially the way we hung in there in the first game
and came back in the second game,” said Jason Motte, who finished both games, and picked up a save in the second. “It’s definitely a confidence booster.”
Jake Arrieta got the win in the first game, giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings, while Travis Wood was the winning pitcher in the second game in relief of starter Dallas Beeler, who was promoted from Triple-A Iowa for the start. Beeler did well, giving up two runs over five-plus innings, and also hit a double.
“I’ve been saving that swing for 2 1/2 months,” Beeler said.
The Cubs rallied in the seventh. With one out, pinch-hitter Miguel Montero walked and advanced on Jonathan Herrera’s pinch-hit single. Addison Russell then lined a ball down the first base line that umpire Pat Hoberg ruled fair. Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness disagreed, and was ejected. Montero scored on the hit to tie the game at 2.
“It was a fair ball,” manager Joe Maddon said. “The thing I loved was how [Russell] battled through that moment. He did not cave, he did not quit.”
Dexter Fowler then hit a comebacker to pitcher Kevin Siegrist, but he threw it away into center for an error, allowing
Herrera to score. Anthony Rizzo followed with a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.
“It’s really rewarding to watch our guys battle through the whole thing,” Maddon said.
If you were watching, you might have noticed Herrera had some helmet issues in the seventh. The problem was he couldn’t find his, so he borrowed Mike Baxter’s. But it was too small.
Said Maddon: “It looked like the give away helmet that you put the ice cream in.”
Herrera then took Chris Coghlan’s helmet, and that fit, and came through with his single. Where was Herrera’s helmet? Apparently it was in its cubby hole but way back, and the infielder just couldn’t find it.
With the win, the Cubs now are nine games over .500, which matches their high point for the year.
“The season’s not over today,” Motte said. “We still have a couple months to go. We have to go out there and keep playing and keep playing hard. We have to be the team we know we can be.”
— Carrie Muskat