It was all “doom and gloom” just a few days ago after the Cubs went 0-6 on their west coast trip to LA and San Diego. After getting swept by the red-hot Dodgers, the Cubs got swept by the lowly San Diego Padres and fell two games under .500. Coming back to Wrigley to face the rival Cardinals, many fans feared the worst…but the worst did not happen.
The Cubs swept the Cardinals at Wrigley Field for the first time since July 2006 over the weekend. The Cubs got solid pitching performances from John Lackey Friday (2 runs over 7 IP) and Jon Lester (3 runs over 6 IP) and yesterday Justin Grimm, Carl Edwards Jr, Pedro Strop and Koji Uehara were lights out after Hendricks struggled in the mid-innings. Wad Davis closed out the first two games while Koji got the last one. The only Cub reliever to give up runs in the series was Hector Rondon, after a great outing Saturday he gave up two runs in the finale but other than that the bullpen was lights out.
The biggest moment of the series was no doubt Kyle Schwarber’s grand slam in the 7th inning of the 2nd game, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead. Jason Heyward had the tying and game-winning RBIs on Friday with a double and a sac fly and Ian Happ hit two monster homers in the finale with four RBIs total. All the games were close, as expected in a Cards-Cubs series, as the Cubs won 3-2 on Friday, 5-3 on Saturday and 7-6 Sundy.
Former Cub Dexter Fowler after his big returning home run really did not to much, he had a few walks and scored two runs but no hits. But the Cardinals offense outside the last game was held in check only giving up five runs the first two games. It was a great series overall.
Cubs will take on the Marlins at Wrigley Field tonight as the start of a three game set.