8:00 PM ET, May 12, 2014
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
"I instantly came in here and gave him a hug and said sorry," the lefty said after the Chicago Cubs got six RBIs from Junior Lake in a 17-5 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. "The offense played great, they brought their `A' game."
Samardzija has a 1.45 ERA, but is 0-3. The Cubs have totaled 15 runs in his eight starts.
Lake homered and doubled twice for Chicago, which had lost seven of eight overall. The Cubs totaled just four runs while getting swept in a three-game series at Atlanta over the weekend -- Emilio Bonifacio scored five times himself in this romp.
"That's what we needed," Lake said. "Just play hard and something happened good."
Chicago has the worst record in the league at 13-24, but is 4-3 against the defending NL champions. The Cardinals were forced to finish with infielder Daniel Descalso as a relief pitcher getting the final out in the ninth.
It's the first time St. Louis used a position player to pitch since Rob Johnson against the Dodgers in a 13-4 loss at home Aug. 7.
"It's embarrassing to have to put him into that spot," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's a team guy and understands, but should have never been in that spot to begin with."
"It's tough for all of us to watch."
Bonifacio had four of Chicago's 20 hits and scored a career-best five times -- the most in the majors this season -- once on a play overturned by video review. Rizzo and Castro each drove in three as the Cubs set season highs for runs and hits.
Cardinals reliever Randy Choate gave up a career-worst six runs in the ninth and left with two outs. Descalso made his first pro pitching appearance and retired the only batter he faced, getting Olt on a fly ball.
"I just went out there and did what they asked me to do," Descalso said. "I really don't want to talk about this."
Wood (3-4) beat St. Louis for the second time in three starts despite giving up five runs in six innings. He hit two batters in the fifth and both scored.
"I felt a lot better the first two innings than I did in the third and fourth," Lyons said. "It's just one of those things. Sometimes you just get hit, I guess."
Lake hit a three-run homer in the second for a 7-0 lead. He had an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run double in the ninth.
Lake began the game with eight RBIs in 92 at-bats this season. Three of his four homers have come against the Cardinals.
"He's electric, for sure," Wood said. "When he's on, he's on. He's got tremendous pop and nice to see it come out."
Olt leads NL with eight homers, including four in the last six games, all on the road.
In the fourth, Bonifacio was called out at the plate when he tried to score on Rizzo's grounder to short with the infield in. The Cubs challenged the call, and the ruled was reversed.
The Cubs' previous bests for runs and hits came at Comiskey Park on Thursday when they scored 12 runs on 15 hits against the White Sox. ... Bonifacio is the first Cubs player to score five runs since Jody Davis in 1987. ... Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (6-2, 4.75) opposes Jake Arrieta (0-0, 2.89) in the second game of a four-game set. Wainwright is 9-7 for his career against Chicago but just 3-6 with a 4.83 ERA at home, and is coming off his first career loss at Wrigley Field on May 2. ... Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, allowed two runs on three hits in five innings for Triple-A Memphis.
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 12: Starter Travis Wood #37 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at...(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 5-5 (as of Mon 5/12)|
|Fri 4/11||CHC 6, @STL 3||Recap|
|Sat 4/12||@STL 10, CHC 4||Recap|
|Sun 4/13||@STL 6, CHC 4||Recap|
|Fri 5/2||@CHC 6, STL 5||Recap|
|Sat 5/3||@CHC 3, STL 0||Recap|
|Sun 5/4||STL 5, @CHC 4||Recap|
|» Mon 5/12||CHC 17, @STL 5||Box Score|
|Tue 5/13||@STL 4, CHC 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/15||@STL 5, CHC 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/25||@CHC 7, STL 6||Recap|
|Jul 26, 2014||STL (Miller) @ CHC (Arrieta)||4:05 PM ET|
|Jul 27, 2014||STL (Wainwright) @ CHC (Hendricks)||2:20 PM ET|
|Aug 29, 2014||CHC @ STL||8:15 PM ET|
|Aug 30, 2014||CHC @ STL||2:15 PM ET|
|Aug 30, 2014||CHC @ STL||8:15 PM ET|
|Aug 31, 2014||CHC @ STL||2:15 PM ET|
|Sep 22, 2014||STL @ CHC||8:05 PM ET|
|Sep 23, 2014||STL @ CHC||8:05 PM ET|
|Sep 24, 2014||STL @ CHC||8:05 PM ET|
|Complete Schedule: Cubs | Cardinals|
|1st||E Bonifacio scored on Y Molina's passed ball.||1||0|
|1st||S Castro tripled to right, A Rizzo scored.||2||0|
|1st||M Olt homered to right (367 feet), S Castro scored.||4||0|
|2nd||J Lake homered to left (369 feet), T Wood and E Bonifacio scored.||7||0|
|2nd||M Ellis singled to left, Y Molina scored, P Bourjos to second, P Bourjos scored, M Ellis to third on error by left fielder J Lake.||7||2|
|4th||J Lake doubled to center, D Barney scored, E Bonifacio to third.||8||2|
|4th||A Rizzo grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, E Bonifacio scored, J Lake to third.||9||2|
|5th||M Holliday doubled to right, G Garcia scored, J Peralta to third.||9||3|
|5th||A Craig grounded out to third, J Peralta scored.||9||4|
|5th||Y Molina singled to center, M Holliday scored, Y Molina to second advancing on throw.||9||5|
|6th||A Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to center, T Wood scored.||10||5|
|6th||S Castro doubled to left, E Bonifacio scored.||11||5|
|9th||N Schierholtz hit sacrifice fly to center, M Olt scored, W Castillo to third.||12||5|
|9th||D Barney singled to center, W Castillo scored.||13||5|
|9th||J Lake doubled to right, D Barney and R Kalish scored, E Bonifacio to third.||15||5|
|9th||A Rizzo grounded out to second, E Bonifacio scored, J Lake to third.||16||5|
|9th||S Castro singled to center, J Lake scored.||17||5|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||44,434 (101% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||81 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Sean Barber, First Base - Will Little, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Ted Barrett|
Tyler Lyons is the 1st Cardinals pitcher to allow 9 ER at home against the Cubs since Bill Sherdel on June 29, 1929 (the Cardinals traded Sherdel the following season).
Since April 26, hitters are batting .450 against Travis Wood's cutter (three starts in that span) with a 1.256 OPS against the pitch. However, the St. Louis Cardinals have the third-worst batting average against cutters this season at .154 with just a .528 OPS against the pitch, which is much worse than the league average.
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