The Cardinals were one strike away from a 4-2 victory two times against the Cubs in the 9th inning, but lost 5-4 in 11 innings, spoiling Chris Carpenter’s return to the pitching mound. Carpenter pitched well at drizzly and cold Wrigley Field. He went five innings, allowed two runs and struck out two Cubs batters. The Redbirds had built a 4-2 lead but Fernando Salas couldn’t convert the save allowing a two strike, two run home run to the Cubs Darwin Barney that sent the game to extra innings.
In the 11th inning, Chicago’s David DeJesus singled off Cards pitched Joe Kelly to score Wellington Castillo with the winning run. Cardinals closer Jason Motte was not available for today’s game. He had pitched 11 of the past 13 days. So Salas was given the opportunity today, but failed. The loss also tightened up the NL Wild Card race. Both the Brewers and Dodgers won their games, so the Cardinals lead is just one and a half game on Milwaukee and two games on Los Angeles.
Fox 2 Sports Reporter was in Chicago for Chris Carpenter’s return to the mound and filed this report at the Cardinals 5-4 loss.