The St. Louis Cardinals‘ six-game winning streak was ended last night when their offense was shut down by Chris Sale (8 IP, 1 ER) and the rest of the Chicago White Sox pitching staff, losing 2-1 in 11 innings.
Chicago took the lead with two outs in the top of the 11th when Tyler Flowers, hitting just above the Mendoza line this year, homered off of Miguel Socolovich.
The Birds put two men on in with two outs the bottom of the inning, but Xavier Scruggs grounded out to third, ending the rally.
Randal Grichuk had three hits with a homer (7th) and double for St. Louis, but the rest of the lineup combined to go 5-for-35, hitting .143 with no extra base hits.
Lance Lynn‘s second start since returning from the DL was solid, allowing 1 run in 6 innings of work, striking out 6. But he never seems to pick up the W, even when he’s on his game, does he?
In other pitching staff, it’s a new month today, so it’s about time for another injury to the rotation. And who better to volunteer than Jaime Garcia? Garcia came up with a groin injury last week and skipped Monday’s bullpen session. There’s a chance he misses his next start.
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Also going extra innings last evening were the Pittsburgh Pirates, who outlasted the Detroit Tigers to win 5-4 in 14 innings.
Josh Harrison doubled off of center fielder Rajai Davis‘ glove, then scored on a Neil Walker double down the right field line to put Pittsburgh up a run in the top of the 14th.
Detroit put men on 1st & 2nd with one out in the bottom of the inning, but grounded into a 6-3 double play to erase the threat, ending the game.
Gorkys Hernandez was nearly the goat of the game, entering as a pinch runner in the 14th but then making a few base-running blunders. Funny that a pinch-runner would do that, but there you have it. On Harrison’s deep fly into center, Hernandez sprinted around 2nd, then thought that Davis had caught the ball so headed back around 2nd and towards 1st, then ran back towards 3rd but failed to step back on 2nd base on his way there. He was ruled out on an appeal play after the fact.
Andrew McCutchen had two hits and drew three walks for the Bucs.
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Kyle Hendricks tossed 6 shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs bullpen threw 3 more perfect innings as they blanked the New York Mets in a 1-0 win, snapping a 5-game losing streak.
Chicago’s sole run came in the 6th when Matt Szczur doubled in Kris Bryant.
Jason Motte picked up his 3rd save.
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The Cincinnati Reds fell 8-5 at home to the Minnesota Twins.
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The Milwaukee Brewers held off the Philadelphia Phillies for a 4-3 win.
In the 8th inning, the Crew were down 3-2 with 2 out and nobody on. Then Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez singled. Aramis Ramirez tied it with a single. Gerardo Parra walked to load the bases. Adam Lind pinch hit and drew a bases-loaded walk, pushing Gomez home to put Milwaukee ahead.
Milwaukee has now won 6 of their last 8 games.
Braun went 4-for-5 with a double. In a 5-game hitting streak, he is hitting 11-for-17 (.647) with 3 doubles and a homer. Since June 21st, Braun is hitting an even .500 (16-for-32) with 6 extra-base hits. That’s a .500/.556/.781 slash line for an absurd 1.337 OPS.
Jean Segura went 0-for-5 with an error.
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|St. Louis Cardinals||51||25||–||L1|
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|41-36||Twins||May (4-6, 4.62)|
|35-41||REDS||Cueto (4-5, 2.98)|
|11:35 AM CT|
|31-48||BREWERS||Lohse (4-9, 6.28)|
|27-52||Phillies||Harang (4-10, 3.56)|
|6:05 PM CT|
|43-33||PIRATES||Burnett (6-3, 2.01)|
|39-37||Tigers||Simon (7-4, 3.57)|
|6:08 PM CT|
|40-35||CUBS||Lester (4-6, 4.03)|
|40-38||Mets||Colon (9-6, 4.89)|
|6:10 PM CT|
|33-42||White Sox||Quintana (3-7, 3.95)|
|51-25||CARDINALS||Lackey (6-4, 3.35)|
|7:15 PM CT|
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NL Central Leaders
|Todd Frazier (CIN)||25|
|Ryan Braun (MIL)||15|
|Anthony Rizzo (CHC)||15|
|Joey Votto (CIN)||14|
|Marlon Byrd (CIN)||13|
|Gerrit Cole (PIT)||108|
|Francisco Liriano (PIT)||108|
|Jake Arrieta (CHC)||103|
|Carlos Martinez (STL)||100|
|Jason Hammel (CHC)||99|