Cubs vs Cardinals – Match Recap – July 20, 2021
ST. LOUIS – – Javier Baez and Ian Happ sparked a six-point rally in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Chicago ended a two-game losing streak by rallying closest to St. Louis, Alex Reyes, who converted his first 22 saves this season.
Chicago sent 10 batters over in the ninth and walked on three walks, one error and a third missed strike.
Baez reduced the deficit to 6-5 with a two-run single against Reyes, Happ followed with a two-run double to give his team a 7-6 lead.
Nolan Arenado, Jose Rondon and Tommy Edman scored for St. Louis, who had won three in a row.
Craig Kimbrel made his 22nd save on 24 occasions. He put the side in order in the ninth and stoked Paul Goldschmidt to end the game.
Dillon Maples (1-0) took the win with a scoreless inning.
Reyes (5-4) allowed three runs on two hits.
St. Louis starter Johan Oviedo was looking for his first win in 17 career starts. He allowed a run on three hits in over five innings. The Cuban-born right-hander struck five at bat and walked one. He was pulled after releasing a debut single to Baez to start the sixth
Arenado put St. Louis ahead 2-1 with his 18th homer of the season, the team’s best, in fourth against Trevor Williams, who allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. He pulled out three and walked one on his first start since May 26 after battling appendicitis issues.
St. Louis scored three times in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Harrison Bader doubled to Yadier Molina and Oviedo followed with a single scoring in the middle.
Edman and Rondon scored in sixth place ahead of reliever Rex Brothers.
Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the seventh. This is the longest streak by a Saint-Louis player since Molina struck safely in 16 games from April 9-29, 2019.
Chicago outfielder Kris Bryant was called out in the fifth inning with a hamstring problem. He made a plunging capture of an ocean liner by Paul DeJong in the third.
COACH OF MANY SKILLS
University of Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz threw the first pitch before the game. His throw from the mound was high and inside. In his first season, Drinkwitz led the Tigers to a 5-5 record last fall, including a victory over reigning national champion LSU.
Cubs: INF Nico Hoerner was back in the lineup on Tuesday after a day off due to a hamstring problem.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas organized a 60-court reliever pen session on Tuesday and will likely go on a rehabilitation mission this weekend. Mikolas has been absent since May 23 with tightness in his right forearm.
Chicago RHP Kyle Hendricks (12-4, 3.65 ERA) will face RHP Adam Wainwright (7-6, 3.71) in Game 3 of four games set for Wednesday. Hendricks has won his last 10 decisions and has played at least six innings in each of his last 12 starts. Wainwright has recorded 17 career wins against the Cubs, the most active pitchers.