Chicago Cubs capitalize on Cardinals mistakes to even NLDS


The Cubs even things up and now return to Chicago with their ace on the hill Monday

Chicago Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon came over from a lifelong career in the American League, so most believed he isn’t all that accustomed to “small ball”. Welcome to the world of Joe Maddon. The Cubs executed two safety squeeze plays–accompanied by poor St. Louis Cardinals defense–as they exploded for a five-run inning en route to a 6-3 over the Cards to even the series at one apiece as they head to Wrigley Field.

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Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks pitched well, but his start was bookended by home runs as he allowed three–all solo–as the bullpen was called on to finish the game. Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, and Hector Rondon worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to get the Cubs even heading back to Chicago as Jake Arrieta will take the mound on Monday.

The Cubs’ Kris Bryant hasn’t had a postseason to remember, but heading back to Wrigley Field may be just what the rookie needs to change his fortunes. Away from Chicago, Bryant has been adequate this season, but at home he’s been a wrecking ball. Of his 26 home runs, 21 have come at home while batting .311 as compared to .243 on the road. Home is where the heart is–and apparently comfort for Bryant at the plate.

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