Bottom 1st Solo Shot. Cardinals 1 – 0.
Top 2nd Leadoff Single. Fielder’s Choice, Error, Runner on Second, Steal, Runner on Third. Walk. Attempted Sacrifice, Error, Score, Runners at Second and Third, 1 Out. Tied at 1. RBI Sacrifice. Cubs 2 – 1. RBI Infield Single. Cubs 3 – 1. 2 RBI HR. Cubs 5 – 1.
Top 3rd Leadoff Walk. Single, Runners at Corners. RBI Sacrifice. Cubs 6 – 1.
Bottom 5th Solo Shot. Cubs 6 – 2. Solo Shot. Cubs 6 – 3. Final.
Series Tied at 1.
Analysis and Setup
Tah Dah. They did what I told them and look at how it worked out. Welcome to Wrigley Field (don’t lose the ball in the ivy), one of the storied parks in all of Baseball, where the Cubs (99 – 66) can close it out and the Cardinals (101 – 63) must at least split on the road to survive.
The Cubs will be sending Jake Arrieta (R, 22 – 6, 1.77 ERA) out. The Cardinals will respond with Michael Wacha (R, 17 – 7, 3.38 ERA). Arrieta is the real deal, very impressive. We’ll see if he has a rubber arm tonight. If so he could be very dangerous in a longer Series, appearing in as many as 3 games of 7. On paper this is the Cubs game.
Game time is 6 on TBS.