A surprisingly intact Cubs roster began a three-game series in St. Louis after the trade deadline Tuesday. The Cardinals jumped all over a uncharacteristically shaky Keegan Thompson and coasted to victory.
Thompson struggled with command from the start and the home team finally got to him in the 3rd inning. A single and a double set the stage for a two-run single from MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt.
Dylan Carlson hit a two-run homer in the 5th inning it was followed two batters later by Goldschmidt who hit a solo shot. The ageless Adam Wainwright continued to do what he always does and completely shut down the Cubs through seven.
Why the Cubs Lost
More offensive woes combined with a bad starting pitching effort immediately doomed Chicago Tuesday.
Eye on the Future
- Keegan could not locate his pitches all night and paid for it: 4.2 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 2 K, and 1 BB. This is by far the most innings Thompson has thrown in his professional career so fatigue may be a factor.
Stats That Matter
- Willson Contreras, still a Cub, had a triple and two hit by pitches on Tuesday, glad he is still here.
- Yan Gomes had a pair of hits against Wainwright.
Well I have to say I am very surprised that Contreras and Ian Happ played for the Cubs Tuesday. As a fan, it is nice that they are still on the team, however, this is still a bad team even with these two good players. This may be a naïve hope but I would like Chicago to try and build around these assets and make legitimate effort at contention in 2023.