Cubs Win Eliminates Cardinals From Playoffs

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Published on September 29 2017 6:09 am
Last Updated on September 29 2017 6:10 am

By ESPN

The words did not come easy for St. Louis manager Mike Matheny after the Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the rival Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

"This is the first time I've had to stand up here and say (it's) not going to happen," Matheny said. "We fell short of what we wanted to do."

St. Louis, which went 5-14 against the Cubs, missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007-08. At 82-77, the Cardinals are assured their fewest wins since going 78-84 in 2007.

"It's tough to swallow," outfielder Stephen Piscotty said.

A day after clinching their second straight NL Central title, the defending World Series champions started only two position players who had played in at least 100 games: outfielders Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.

Taylor Davis took advantage of his fifth appearance of the season by hitting a two-out, run-scoring double in the 11th.

Chicago outfielder Leonys Martin sealed the victory with a game-saving catch of a long drive by Paul DeJong with two outs in the 11th. Martin reached over the wall to bring in the long drive.

"I thought it was gone," DeJong said. "I put a pretty good swing on it. It was an unbelievable way to end it. I'm still in shock."

Martin felt he had the ball all along.

"After a couple steps, it was the right time to jump," Martin said.

The Cardinals have played in 1,131 successive games with postseason hopes dating to March 31, 2011, opening day.

That streak will come to an end tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We have to find ways, individually and as a team, to get better, be more well rounded," St. Louis outfielder Tommy Pham said. "This is not unfamiliar now, it's two years in a row."

Schwarber singled off Matt Bowman (3-6) with one out in the 11th to start the winning rally. Davis, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, came through at the perfect time.

"Literally, it's the coolest thing I've ever done," Davis said.

Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0) pitched three hitless innings.

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn gave up one run and three hits over five innings in what is likely his final appearance in St. Louis.

"It's not a good feeling." Lynn said of missing the playoffs.

Lynn will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The Cubs have won 13 of 16 and 21 of 30.

Manager Joe Maddon said he enjoyed watching some of his reserves find the spotlight for a change.

"We just have to keep winning," Maddon said. "I got my pleasure last night."

Happ homered in the first inning.

Kyle Hendricks of the Cardinals struck out nine and allowed four hits in five innings. Dexter Fowler had an RBI groundout in the sixth.

 

White Sox 5, Angels 4

The Chicago White Sox gave the home fans another dramatic victory Thursday night before thanking the fans for sticking with the young team for a long season on the south side.

Rob Brantly hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Tim Anderson hustled home for the go-ahead run as the White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, closing Guaranteed Rate Field for the winter with a second straight night of fireworks.

Anderson scored from first base on a single by Rymer Liriano, as the throw from left fielder Ben Revere went to second base and Anderson headed home, scoring easily on reliever Jesse Chavez (7-11).

"I was just watching (third base coach Nick Capra)," Anderson said. "I didn't want to slow down because I didn't want to go to extras. I kind of just kept running and Cappy kept waving me."

The White Sox, who walked off Wednesday night with a home run by Nicky Delmonico in the 10th inning, won for the 12th time in 19 games.

After the game, first baseman Jose Abreu led the team back on to the field to thank the fans despite sitting in last place in the AL Central for most of the season until the late surge.

"It was kind of a spontaneous thing, following our fearless leader, Jose," said Brantly, whose home run scored Avisail Garcia, who started the rally with a double. "It was a special thing for the crowd to embrace it and it felt good to say thank you to the fans for being there for us all year through the grind and everything."

Carlos Perez homered for the Angels, who used seven pitchers and sat stars Mike Trout and Justin Upton one night after being eliminated from playoff contention.

Gregory Infante (2-1) earned the win in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Juan Minaya earned his eighth save with a perfect ninth inning for the White Sox.

Rookie right-hander Dylan Covey threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits for the White Sox.

Yolmer Sanchez had three hits and a two-run single in the fifth inning.

For the Angels, Eric Young Jr. drove in Kaleb Cowart with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning to open the scoring. The next batter was Perez, who hit his first home run of the season to make it 3-0.

Right-hander Bud Norris, the Angels' closer earlier this season, started and threw three scoreless innings.

"I love starting. I've done it for a very long time. I can do both," Norris said. "I don't know what's going to happen next year. I just want to be the best version whether that's a back-end closer or a starter in the rotation."

C.J. Cron added a sacrifice fly for the Angels.


Thursday, September 28 Scoreboard

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 2

Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 3

Tampa Bay 9, New York Yankees 6

Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4

Houston 12,  Boston 2

Miami 7, Atlanta 1

Chicago Cubs 2, St. Louis 1 (F/11)

Oakland 4, Texas 1

Chicago White Sox 5, Los Angeles Angels 4

Detroit 4, Kansas City 1

 

Friday, September 29 Schedule (All Times Central)

Toronto at New York Yankees, 12:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

New York Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 6:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado, 7:10 p.m

Arizona at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Seattle at Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.


Friday, September 29 Schedule (All Times Central)

Toronto at New York Yankees, 12:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago  Cubs, 1:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

New York Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 6:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado, 7:10 p.m.

Arizona at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

Seattle at Los Angeles Angels, 9:07 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.


Saturday, September 30 Schedule (All Times Central)

Houston at Boston, 12:05 p.m.

Toronto at New York Yankees, 12:05 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 3:05 p.m.

San Diego at San Frnacisco, 3:05 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 3:15 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 5:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

New York Mets at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 6:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Arizona at Kansas City, 6:15 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 7:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado, 7:10 p.m.

Seattle at Los Angeles Angels, 8:07 p.m.


Sunday, October 1 Schedule (All Times Central)

Houston at Boston, 2:05 p.m.

Toronto at New York Yankees, 2:05 p.m.

Oakland at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Washington, 2:05 p.m.

New York Mets at Philadelphia, 2:05 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 2:05 p.m.

Seaettle at Los Angeles Angels, 2:07 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado, 2:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 2:10 p.m.

Detroit at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Atlanta at Miami, 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 2:10 p.m.

Arizona at Kansas City, 2:15 p.m.

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.