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Game of Throws: Cards nab Cubs in Best Drama

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. CHICAGO -- The first team to clinch a postseason berth, the Cardinals asserted themselves against the Cubs with a 4-3 victory Sunday in front of 40,962, and avoided being swept at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2006.

    Please or Register to view links and Please or Register to view links both homered in the first inning against Please or Register to view links in the final regular-season meeting between the two National League Central rivals. On Saturday, the Cardinals lost to the Cubs but secured a playoff spot by virtue of the Giants' loss to the D-backs. It's the Cardinals' record fifth consecutive trip to the postseason.

    "I thought our guys came out of the box today ready to continue what they started late in the game last night," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I sensed an edge. There's no doubt. They left here with an edge, and they showed up this morning with an edge. They responded perfectly, just how I hoped they would."

    After the win, Matheny gathered his players and staff, congratulating them for locking down at least a spot in the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, but also urging them to keep pushing toward a third straight division title.

    "We're excited about it," closer Please or Register to view links said of advancing to the postseason again. "It's not something we're going to take for granted. Obviously, we would love to win the division and bypass the Wild Card Game, but getting in any way we can is special."

    The Cubs, on the other hand, are trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and they are two games behind the Pirates for the top NL Wild Card spot. Lester took the loss, which was the first by a Cubs starter in the last 17 games.

    "They win, give them credit," Cubs manager Please or Register to view links, who took the season series, 11-8, and lead the NL Central by four and six games over the Pirates and Cubs, respectively. "They're very good. But I think now we know we can beat them and they know we can beat them, too, and that's a good thing."

    Cardinals: The Cardinals will open their final homestand of the season on Monday when the Reds come to town for the start of a three-game series. Please or Register to view links, who was outdueled by rookie Please or Register to view links on Sept. 10, will match up against the Reds lefty again in the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT.

    Cubs: Please or Register to view links will open the Cubs' series against the Brewers on Monday. He has a 2.59 ERA in four starts against the Brewers this season, and is 7-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 career starts against them. However, Hammel has a 5.81 ERA in his last 10 starts. First pitch at Wrigley Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.
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