Miles Mikolas joked that he might need to show only his left side during postgame interviews, all because he thought he found a grey hair on the right side of his beard. Cardinals 3, Cubs 0. The Cardinals' starter is 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his first five starts with the club after spending the last three years in Japan.
He struck out six and walked two while allowing six hits in total on the afternoon. "But any time you get hits, you're happy". "I'll ride that out as long as I can".
Mikolas (4-0) allowed seven hits in his sixth start after signing with St. Louis during the offseason.
Center fielder Tommy Pham, catcher Yadier Molina and Norris were all taken out of Saturday's game with injuries.
With AP Photos.Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, capping the St. Louis Cardinals rally and giving them an 8-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. It was also matched the longest game between the Cubs and Cardinals in almost 12 years, equaling a 14-inning Chicago win over St. Louis on June 2, 2006. The Cubs have managed just 16 runs over their last eight games but permitted only four runs during their winning streak.
"(Baez's) defence speaks for itself.
"You go, we go", Maddon said.
"I can't think of one more exciting", Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
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Bud Norris earned his seventh save in seven chances for the Cardinals, doing so despite allowing three hits and two runs in the ninth inning. The Cubs will give the call to 28-year old right-hander Tyler Chatwood, and the Cardinals will hand the ball to 24-year old right-hander Luke Weaver.
Mikolas, however, followed by striking out Ben Zobirst and forcing Kris Bryant to ground out to end the inning - leading to a first pump and yell from the right-hander as he walked off the mound. Not so good. Darvish has had two strong games alone, the rest have been "blah", to say the least. "He's been real impressive". St. Louis is 1-4 in Weaver's last 5 starts and 12-5 in their last 17 games overall while the over is 4-1-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Chatwood has had struggles of his own against St. Louis, and I'm not sure how comfortable I am backing an anemic Cubs offense that hasn't put up more than three runs in their last nine games.
Cardinals: Girsch said reliever Brett Cecil is expected to have one more outing in extended spring training and could possibly start a rehab assignment next week.
Cubs: Chicago returns home to open a six-game, seven-day homestand on Monday, beginning with a visit from the Miami Marlins.
"I guess [the Cubs] didn't want me that bad", said Mikolas, who hasn't allowed a walk in five of six starts since returning to the US on a two-year, $15.5 million deal after three seasons in Japan.