The Cubs entered Sunday looking to avoid a sweep by the Cardinals at a rainy Busch Stadium. It was a pitcher’s duel and St. Louis was able to pull out a win thanks to a legendary Cub killer.
The Cardinals finally grabbed a lead in the bottom of the 8th. Albert Pujols pinch-hit against Brandon Hughes in what is likely his final career at-bat against Chicago. So I guess, it was fitting that the future Hall of Famer slammed a two-run go-ahead home run to left.
Why the Cubs Lost
The Cubs’ offense did almost nothing all day Sunday and wasted an excellent starting pitching effort.
Eye on the Future
- Franmil Reyes had one of the Cubs’ two hits on Sunday.
- Stroman deserved a much better result: 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 5 K, and 0 BB.
As much as I wish I could say differently it seems like it’s just a magical season for the Cardinals. As for the Cubs, they have to be very happy about Stroman pitching so well. That will be a major building block for 2023 when they should be competing for the playoffs.
After getting Labor Day off, the Cubs return to Wrigley to face the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday at 6:40pm CT. Wade Miley returns from injury to do battle against Justin Dunn in a game airing on Marquee Sports Network and 670 The Score.