I’m not going to lie. During yesterday’s game, after Matt Carpenter led off the game for the Cardinals with a home run, I was throwing my hat and swearing. A lot.
I was instantly equating this series with 2007 and 2008: the Cubs’ big hitters are doing nothing but strike out and ground into double plays, and they’re going to be swept.
Then I calmed down and reminded myself that the 2015 Cubs team is nothing like those teams. And this team is relentless.
Sure enough, the very next inning, the Cubs fought back. And it started with a little bit of small ball.
After a throwing error, Austin Jackson found himself on second base, and then stole third easily. Miguel Montero walked with Kyle Hendricks batting behind him. It looked like Joe Maddon’s decision to bat the pitcher eighth had backfired in this instance.
But Hendricks put down a good bunt, scoring Jackson and forcing a throwing error from Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia.
Maddon called for another safety squeeze with Addison Russell at the plate, and it worked once again. Dexter Fowler followed with a run-scoring infield hit.
And then Jorge Soler provided an exclamation point on the inning with a home run to center. It …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider