CHICAGO • In the frustration of the game, when reporters crowded around to gather information, if not warmth, Cubs CEO Jed Hoyer repeatedly pointed to the "choppy" nature of his team's start. The schedule was choppy. The piece was choppy. The results were choppy.
But Tuesday, with a 7: 7 record, offered a chance to change.
In a ballpark that saw its worst a year ago, the Cardinals made the most of a brutally cold night on the north side. Adam Wainwright (Adam Wainwright) found his feeling for a key curveball and five innings, and the offense garnered a 5: 3 victory over arch-rivals Cubs at Wrigley Field. The victory was the fifth consecutive Cardinals, and in their first attempt, they voted their total at Wrigley off the previous season.
Matt Carpenter opened her score with the first of his three RBIs. Paul DeJong added, with a solo homer in the eighth, his lone hit in a four-strikeout night.
Carpenter hit a two-run single in the eighth to extend the lead. That proved crucial, even as it was the game for Greg Holland, who was closer to the Cardinals, the knockout stages. Holland's problems in starting the season continued when he ran two of the three blows he faced, and allowed the third, Javy Baez, a home run. Baez's two-shot shot narrowed the gap and slammed Bud Norris into the game for a five-out save.
He drew Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber in the ninth for his fourth save of the season, his third since Holland arrives
The Cardinals and Cubs will play a 5-game series in Wrigley due to the postponed game comes out of the All-Star break on Monday. The windchills that night sneaked into the lower 20s, and after a terrible weekend, the Cubs were once freezed and shy away from playing in the cold. They had postponed the game on Sunday after playing in the pouring rain on Saturday, and these two consecutive, skipped games delivered Hoyer's "choppy point".
"Nobody is in a rhythm," he said.
The Cardinals Arrived Wrigley had played four games in Cincinnati but they took the day to rest their bullpen and fill him with the arrival of Luke Gregerson. They hoped that they did not lose their rhythm from Cincinnati, who saw three quality starts in four days and 27 runs. They also saw that two days were clouded by downpours, and one game, Sunday, was delayed nearly three hours. It was such a start for Major League Baseball, and the pitchers who are looking for slippery baseballs and jerking their clubs when their icy hands are shaken by a mishit have remained.
Jose Martinez one day fished a ball off his shin in Cincinnati and had his left wrist ripped by a game on the first base Sunday. Manager Mike Matheny said he has "some purple spots". Martinez played on Tuesday, but when asked how the bruises and pains would react to the cold, he suggested that the reporter be informed from the first base and let him know. In the weather, he expected to make the most of what he could.
When the game offered Wainwright a turning point ̵
Up to this point, the cold temperatures had turned the game into a three-way outcomes trip, minus one of the results. Of the first 11 blows the Cardinals sent to the plate, only one of them did not go or strike. Five went and five strokes – two of the three true results – and none of them got married, the third. The Cubs had a similar start against Wainwright. The right-hander struck the side in the first inning, allowing only one base runner to finish Rizzo with a curveball. In the third inning, the results came back to the call. Wainwright knocked out the first dough of the innings.
The fans, who came from a paid amount of 35,103, strangely booed, because that bruise loaded the bases and brought Schwarber on the plate. He had been the first boy to bring the ball into play against Wainwright when he did a flyball in the second inning. Wainwright fell behind the left-hander with his first pitch and hit his second goal to make it 2-1. At that point, Wainwright walked to the spot everyone probably knew would come.
And Schwarber did exactly the same thing.
He saw the turn pass.
That was, with two lead-laden bases allowed Wainwright to skate two of his four walks and one of his two battered doughs. The Cubs had little success when they brought the ball against the right-hander in the game. By Wainwright's five innings, he allowed only four hits. Javy Baez had two of them and he took the game one for 11 with three strikeouts in his career against Wainwright. The other two came in the fourth inning and led to a single run of the Cubs against Wainwright. It took his help. Addison Russell crashed into a tall funnel, waiting for Wainwright, and took his bare hand.
In the cold, the throw after the first litter was wild, so that Russell could turn left and reached the second place. That allowed him to hit Jason Heyward's ground ball one by one on the right field. The race was undeserved because of the mistake.
Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood had similar difficulty getting a feel for his positions early on. He knocked out the first two batsmen in the first inning. He went the first two bars of the second innings. At three walks in the first two innings he struck out five embankments. The third inning went to the walks. Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham both pulled and Fowler hit Carpenter's double from the ivy in the right field. Pham almost caught Fowler on the bases and had to slow down so that he could only reach the third base.
He met Marcell Ozuna's cornerstone for a 2-0 lead.
Chatwood pushed for two more ground battles to end the inning, and he seemed to find some warmth from there. The Cubs went in the fifth inning after two more walks from Chatwood to Bullpen. He went seven. The Cardinals could not take advantage of the generosity by going with the runners in the rating to 11th place.