Cubs dominate rival Cardinals in Heyward's return
|Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 10:21 PM- -|
The Chicago Cubs snapped their season high three-game losing streak and their recent offensive woes as they dominated the rival St. Louis Cardinals 12-3 on Tuesday night.
Cardinals pitcher Michael Waka was roughed up in the first inning yielding six runs including a Kris Bryant RBI single, Jorge Soler RBI walk, David Ross two-run double (500th career hit), and a soul-crushing Jason Hammel two-run double.
Hammel's two-run double gives him five RBIs on the season which is a career-high and the current leader by Cubs pitchers at the plate.
The six-run outburst was the most the Cubs have scored in a 1st inning since August 23, 2013 against the San Diego Padres according to ESPN Stats.
Jorge Soler smashed a 406-ft two-run homer to center field to make it 8-0 in the fifth inning.
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was back in action after missing three games with a contusion on right side of his rib cage and finished the game hitless with a walk.
Jason Hammel pitched his team-high sixth start on the road and went 7.1 inning giving up only one run, four hits, three walks with four strikeouts. He is now 6-1 on the season with an impressive 2.17 ERA.
The Cubs piled it on offensively in the ninth inning as catcher Tim Federowicz had an RBI single, outfielder Matt Szczur had a two-run triple, and outfielder Dexter Fowler had an RBI single to put the finishing nail in the Cardinals' coffin at 12-1.
Cubs reliever Trevor Cahil came in to record the final out after Clayton Richard gave up two runs in the ninth inning.
Righty Jake Arrieta (8-0, 1.29 ERA) will face righty Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.56 ERA) for the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium.