Chicago Cubs has beaten the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday night and stretches their unbeaten run to 10. Not only has that, the Cubs now taken a 13-game lead over the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central. Anthony Rizzo has played the most pivotal role in Cubs’ Thursday night victory in their last at-bat on a wild pitch as he drew a walk from Zach Duke with two outs in the 11th inning.
After the match, Rizzo commented on their unbeaten streak, ”It’s one of those things where it’s going our way. ”We just want it to keep going our way.” While their manager Joe Maddon termed his team’s victory as ”Crazy stuff,” as well as ”Entertaining”.
The Cards not only has lost the match but also lost their slugger Matt Holliday in the 10th Inning, as he was hit on the right hand and broken his thumb by Mike Montgomery’s 94 mph fastball. Holliday is likely to miss the rest of the season. Holliday commented, “For sure it’s super disappointing but it’s part of sport unfortunately,”
The singles against the lefty Duke by Pinch-hitters Willson Contreras and Jorge Soler gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead and then Dexter Fowler walked to load the bases with one out. Rizzo took a 3-1 pitch inside to give the Chicago-based team their longest winning streak since getting 12 straight in 2001, before Kris Bryant struck out.
On the other hand, Mike Montgomery (4-5) stroked out Matt Carpenter to end the threat for the Cubs before he allowed a single and two walks to load the bases in the 11th. Carpenter won his first game for Chicago since being roped in from Seattle last month.