Cardinals Sweep Cubs with 4 Straight 1-Run Wins at Wrigley

Published on 23-Sep-2019 by J Square Humboldt

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Cardinals Sweep Cubs with 4 Straight 1-Run Wins at Wrigley

For those on the red side of this traditional Midwestern rivalry, what happened in Chicago's North Side this weekend was delicious on so many fronts.

  • This was the first time the St Louis Cardinals swept a four-game series at Wrigley Field -- built in 1914 -- since May 1921;
  • The Cardinals eliminated the Cubs from NL Central title contention in the process;


  • Three of their four victories were come-from-behinders in the last inning; and
  • Two of them came by going bridge against high-priced, mid-season addition Craig Kimbrel.

As a result, Cardinal Nation is ecstatic.

Their crew is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2015, a dry spell that was a virtual sin for the franchise that's won more World Series championships than any other National League club.


Coming into the weekend, St Louis was 0-6 at Wrigley this season. Those three-game series were in April during a stretch of schedule when they were going so poorly, scuffling woulda been an improvement.

Then, after the All-Star break, the Cardinals caught fire.

In fact, at 45-23, they hold the NL's best record from that point onward. Key hitting helped, as only Kolton Wong's been on a tear at the plate. It goes without saying dude's been a Wizard 2.0 in the field.


Complementing the opportunistic offense:

It all came together in this crucial series, one the Cardinals wanted but the Cubs needed. This time, it was St Louis who kept coming up big:

  • Thu 20 Sep: St Louis 5 Chicago 4, 10 innings ... The Cubbies spoiled Flaherty's brilliant 8-inning outing by plating three in the ninth, only to see Matt Carpenter destroy a Kimbrel heater in the tenth for the win.


  • Fri 21 Sep: St Louis 2 Chicago 1 ... Yadier Molina's bases-loaded single up the middle scored their only two runs, which was all a Cardinal parade of six pitchers required; hello, September rosters.
  • Sat 22 Sep: St Louis 9 Chicago 8 ... Wrigley's famous wind aided six dingers, which created five lead changes, and the last happened in the ninth off Kimbrel's first two pitches of the inning:



Damn. That's a team on a mission.

One that's now poring over reports from their advance scouts following Atlanta. Looks like they might be useful in a week or so.