MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis1 0 1 3 0 0 2 0 2 9130
Chi Cubs3 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 8100
  W: J. Gant (11-1)   L: C. Kimbrel (0-4)   S: C. Martínez (23)
11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE1:20 PM CT, September 21, 2019
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 40,071

Cardinals seek another blow against Cubs

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St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Cardinals and Cubs play one another seven times in their final 10 games, with four games at Wrigley Field this weekend followed by three in St. Louis to close the season. The Cubs are 6-0 against the Cardinals at Wrigley in 2019 -- their longest single-season home winning streak in the series since taking the first seven meetings in 2006.
  2. St. Louis leads the majors with a 2.83 ERA this month and has four shutouts -- no other team has more than two in September.
  3. Paul Goldschmidt has a team-high 16 RBI this month and leads all of baseball with 17 walks in September in 17 games. He had 15 walks in 50 games in June and July.
  4. Jack Flaherty, the scheduled starter for the opener, has a 1.05 ERA since the All-Star break, currently besting Bob Gibson's 1.19 second-half ERA in 1968 for the lowest in franchise history dating to the first All-Star Game in 1933 (min. 70 innings pitched after break).
  5. The Cubs counter with Kyle Hendricks, who has a 1.75 ERA at home. His 2.56 career ERA in 80 games at Wrigley Field trails only Lon Warneke's 2.48 ERA for the lowest at Wrigley since 1920 among pitchers that have made at least 60 starts there.
  6. Nicholas Castellanos hit his 56th double of the season Wednesday, and now has seven in his last six games to go with eight RBI and nine runs. He is the only Cub in the live-ball era to record at least seven doubles, eight RBI and nine runs in a six-game span, and joins Joey Votto from 2009 as the only NL players to do it in the divisional era.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/19/2019 thru 9/22/2019
(AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Dakota Hudson and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals look to continue streaking when they play game three of their four-game series against the host Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

The Cardinals won their second straight against the Cubs -- and their third consecutive game overall -- with a 2-1 victory on Friday.

The Cubs trail the Cardinals by five games in the National League Central -- though the teams do meet five more times - and the Milwaukee Brewers by two games for the second NL wild card.

Right-hander Hudson (16-7, 3.35 ERA) opposes left-hander Jose Quintana (13-8, 4.37) in Saturday's matinee.

Hudson is 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed eight earned runs over 45 1/3 innings during that stretch. Last time out, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings of a win against the Nationals.

"I didn't think I had very much," Hudson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The ball was moving a lot, but I didn't have the best command with it and had to battle with what I had."

Hudson will be making his first career start against the Cubs after two relief appearances.

Meanwhile, Quintana and the Cubs will be looking to turn things around.

The Cubs have lost four straight and in his last start, Quintana allowed five runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work against the Pirates. Over his last three starts, he's allowed 13 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.

Quintana is 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 career starts against the Cardinals. This year, he's 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts against them.

Quintana was originally scheduled to start Friday's game but was moved back a day when Cole Hamels was scratched from his scheduled Saturday start.

Yadier Molina had three hits including a two-run single and the Cardinals held on to defeat the Cubs 2-1 on Friday.

Ryan Helsley (2-0) picked up the win in relief as the St. Louis bullpen turned in five scoreless innings. Carlos Martinez got the final two outs for his 22nd save.

"We're playing good baseball right now," Molina told "We're winning games; that's what matters right now."

Molina had three of the four St. Louis hits on Friday.

"(Molina is) a force," reliever John Brebbia told "When he goes, on defense and on offense, I think that we can go. To have him hitting the way he is, to have him catching the way he is, is always special."

The fading Cubs will need to turn their attention to their wild-card foes if they can't turn this series around.

"We are running out of time," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "And to catch (St. Louis) is becoming more difficult, but there's still a solid opportunity to be a playoff team. But you've got to keep playing the game as though you're going to catch St. Louis. You've got to go out there with that attitude."

Chicago's chances would improve if they got some timely hitting. On Friday, the Cubs went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays.

After an impressive stretch at the plate, they've cooled, scoring just nine runs over their past four games.

"It's weird," first baseman Anthony Rizzo told of the lineup's recent cold spell.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 21, 2019

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