The Cubs' run-scoring problems ongoing on Wednesday, which did not help Chris Volstad's induce to finish a ten-month winless drought.
David Freese homered and Lance Lynn put eight strong innings to guide the St. Louis Cardinals to some 5-1 conquer the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday mid-day.
Volstad (-3) put six solid innings in the start for that Cubs, retiring St. Louis so as throughout four of these. But he's still -8 in 15 begins since This summer 10, 2011. Freese's two-run blast within the sixth assigned a 3-run, two-out rally against Volstad.
"One swing, two outs," Volstad stated. "You need to have the ability to close individuals innings out. All of the runs they obtained were with two outs. One swing from the softball bat put us inside a large hole."
Volstad set the Cardinals lower so as in four of his six innings.
"Typically, it had been a significantly enhanced outing," Cubs manager Dale Sveum stated. "Just pitched a lot more strongly and used his sinker. Did an excellent job typically."
Bryan LaHair homered to guide from the 4th for Chicago's only run. Also, he homered within the ninth inning on Tuesday, delivering the overall game into extra innings prior to the Cubs eventually won.
"It's nice," Sveum stated. "Arriving, he was the main one guy we wanted hitting home runs and he's hit some large ones for all of us.Inch
LaHair has four of Chicago's seven home runs this year, the cheapest total within the majors.
The Cardinals prevented being taken at Wrigley Area the very first time since This summer 27-30, 2006. The Cubs required the very first two games from the series within their final at-softball bat, winning their first series of year under new manager Sveum.
"Our first series win was nice," Sveum stated. "We have still reached swing the bats a bit better. Score some runs, develop results in have the ability to hang on. But it is nice. Two walk-off wins might have easily gone another way. The men fought and that we arrived on the scene on the top two thirds games."
Lynn (4-) held Chicago to 6 hits in succeeding as the very first four-game champion within the majors.
"He put lots of fastballs," LaHair stated. "He was finding out and in. Type of up and lower. He pitched today. He challenged us."