CHICAGO — Joc Pederson homered for the third straight recreation, Sergio Alcántara and Ian Happ additionally went deep, and the Chicago Cubs used a five-run second inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Saturday night time.
Kyle Hendricks (8-4) threw six strong innings for his sixth consecutive victory and the Cubs gained for the seventh time in 11 video games.
Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong hit dwelling runs for the Cardinals, who’ve misplaced 10 of 12 and fell to .500 at 32-32 for the primary time since April 28.
John Gant (4-4) lasted 1 2/3 innings so as to add to St. Louis’ rotation struggles, permitting 5 runs, 5 walks and a success with only one strikeout.
“Made a whole lot of good defensive performs, took a whole lot of actually high quality at-bats, hit the ball laborious everywhere in the ballpark. Paul had a pleasant stroke. Not sufficient,” supervisor Mike Shildt stated. “I’ve acquired to determine a technique to make it higher. It’s finally on my shoulders.”
The Cubs despatched 11 batters to the plate of their five-run second. Happ hit a two-run shot to place the Cubs forward 2-1 earlier than Gant walked the subsequent three batters — together with Hendricks. Pederson popped out earlier than Kris Bryant drew the fifth stroll of the inning to attain a run.
“We’ve executed a whole lot of issues which have been optimistic, however we haven’t been capable of overcome this differential in walks and been freely giving an excessive amount of,” Shildt stated. “Typically it’s been earned and generally we pitch round a man, however there’s been means too many non-competitive ones, too.”
Jake Woodford changed Gant and allowed an RBI single to Javier Báez earlier than hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch to herald one other run.
“It’s simply extra of the identical of what our guys have been doing,” Hendricks stated. “They’ve been placing collectively unbelievable at-bats, going pitch-to-pitch so effectively. Actually, all night time, simply did a very good job of responding.”
Woodford acquired his first main league hit — a single off Hendricks — within the subsequent inning after DeJong hit a leadoff homer.
Alcántara added a solo shot off Woodford within the third.
Pederson as soon as once more did a stutter step at third base to have a good time homering off Seth Elledge within the fourth, a transfer he’s copied from Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr.
“If you get our offense to proceed to have the at-bats they’ve, I believe we’re by no means out of a recreation,” supervisor David Ross stated. “I believe we are able to put up a crooked quantity fairly quick.”
Arenado hit his twelfth homer off Hendricks within the second inning. Hendricks leads the majors with 19 homers allowed. He gave up two runs and three hits.
The Cardinals loaded the bases within the ninth, however Craig Kimbrel took the mound and acquired a groundout to finish the sport for his seventeenth save in 19 probabilities.
“I don’t suppose we’re involved,” DeJong stated. “I’m fairly positive we’re simply on the market taking part in the sport. The Cubs are a great group. This can be a wild place to play. We’re simply attempting to do as a lot as we are able to as a gaggle.”
The group of 39,095 was bigger than Friday’s 35,112, when Wrigley Subject opened to full capability for the primary time since Sept. 22, 2019.
ON THE MOVE
Chicago recalled right-hander Trevor Megill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righty Kohl Stewart (1-1, 5.68) to Iowa earlier than the sport.
The Cubs debuted their darkish blue Metropolis Join jerseys with mild blue trim, all-caps “Wrigleyville” on the entrance and designs for Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods.
Ross stated he didn’t put on a masks within the dugout as a result of he didn’t have one to match his uniform. He stated he was unaware of different Cubs going maskless. Chicago has but to succeed in the 85% vaccination threshold for enjoyable protocols.
Bryant performed his first recreation at third base since April 20. He has seen time in any respect outfield positions and first base.
Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (decrease again tightness) is predicted to throw one other bullpen Sunday as he nears a return from the injured record. … OF Justin Williams (neck stiffness) was set to start a rehab project with Triple-A Memphis. … RHP Dakota Hudson (Tommy John surgical procedure) has been taking part in catch and hopes to contribute earlier than the tip of the season, Shildt stated.
Cubs: INFs David Bote (dislocated left shoulder), Matt Duffy (low again pressure) and Nico Hoerner (left hamstring pressure) are progressing effectively, with Duffy seemingly forward of the pack, Ross stated. … LHP Justin Steele (proper hamstring pressure) is near throwing a bullpen, Ross stated.
RHP Carlos Martínez (3-6, 6.21 ERA) will begin Sunday’s collection finale for the Cardinals in opposition to RHP Zach Davies (3-3, 4.45). Martínez has allowed 15 runs in 4 2/3 innings over his final two begins. Davies has given up 5 runs in his earlier 20 1/3 innings.
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