Cubs vs. Cardinals – Game Recap – August 4, 2022

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Game Recap – August 4, 2022

ST. LOUIS — Newly acquired José Quintana won on his debut with St. Louis, Tyler O’Neill and Nolan Arenado hit a homer and the Cardinals beat Chicago 7-2 to end a Cubs double-header sweep Thursday night.

The Cardinals won the opener 4-3 when Lars Nootbaar hit a tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and a game-ending RBI single in the ninth.

“It’s hard to win two games,” said Oliver Marmol, Cardinals manager.

Quintana, who joined St. Louis from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, gave up a run, a hit and two walks and hit seven batters in six innings in a no-decision debut with the Cardinals, who have gone on to win four straight games and tied are first place in the NL Central with Milwaukee.

“You look the Quintanas of the world in the eye before this game starts and it will give you goosebumps at how much he wants it,” Marmol said. “You’re looking at everyone in the club now. There’s a really good feeling about . The boys are determined. It would be a fun little run.”

Jordan Hicks (3-5) allowed a run to a hit and two walks, and Genesis Cabrera and Chris Stratton each threw a scoreless inning to relief in the combined two-hitter.

Sean Newcomb allowed two runs with five hits in three innings and served as the starting pick in his first major league start since August 10, 2020 in Philadelphia as a member of the Braves.

O’Neill hit a triple home run, his sixth of the season, against Kervin Castro (0-1) in the last inning of the seventh to break a 2-all tie.

“I passed out a bit as I rounded the bases,” O’Neill said. “It was a really good feeling for me. I was able to let out a little emotion in the dugout and the boys were on fire for me. ”

Nelson Velázquez leveled the game when he drove Patrick Wisdom on an infield single that bounced off Hicks’ glove in the top of the seventh.

Arenado hit his 21st home run of the season into third deck in left field to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

Wisdom hit his 20th home run of the season in the first inning against his former team.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Wisdom said of hitting the 20 homer mark. “I don’t think I really felt the weight, but it’s definitely very special.”

St. Louis trailed 3-0 in the first set before taking on Marcus Stroman in the seventh set. Nolan Gorman and Paul Goldschmidt hit back-to-back homers before Arenado doubled and hit the center on Nootbaar’s flyball.

“If everything clicks, we can string together some high-value bats,” Marmol said. “These guys there definitely made an adjustment to Stroman and made a really hard contact. Classic third time in the lineup.”

Arenado and Paul DeJong went out in ninth place against rookie Erich Uelmen (0:1). Nootbaar then drove a liner to the right into a 2-2 pitch at Arenado.

“He takes some really professional bats,” Marmol said of Nootbaar. “He makes a lot of hard contact. He’s confident in what he’s doing right now.”

Ryan Helsley (6-1) scored three outs for the win.

Contreras hit his 15th home run of the season in the first inning for Chicago, and Stroman was burdened with three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“I thought he was in command of both sides of the plate. He was sharp,” said manager David Ross. “It was a really nice performance today, I thought.”

The doubleheader was planned after Wednesday night’s game was postponed due to rain. St. Louis improved to 6-2 in their four doubleheaders this season, and Chicago (41-63) fell to 1-9 in their five doubleheaders.

The Cubs added two more in the sixth game against Miles Mikolas. Contreras doubled and hit on Seiya Suzuki’s single, and Wisdom added a sacrificial fly.

Mikolas allowed seven hits, hit out six and walked one in 6 1/3 innings.


Albert Pujols made his 12,884. Plate appearance in his career when he hit a fielder choice in the fifth inning of the second game. He passed Cal Ripken Jr. and had the sixth-most plate appearances in MLB history.


Ross challenged both out calls on Nico Hoerner’s game and ended the doubles play on the nightcap. Crew Chief Marty Foster announced that Wisdom was out at second base while Hoerners was confirmed out at first base.


The Cardinals have had the second-longest active streak in the majors behind the Yankees (19) in 13 straight games. St. Louis has hit multiple home runs in seven straight games for the longest active streak in MLB.


Major League Baseball announced the Cardinals and Cubs will play a two-game series in London in June.

roster moves

Cubs: LHP Matt Dermody was recalled by Triple-A Iowa to serve as the 27th man for the split-doubleheader. Dermody, 32, is 6-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 20 games (13 starts) for Iowa this season. … INF David Bote was elected to Iowa to create a roster spot for Newcomb, which it was

Cardinals: RHP James Naile added as the 27th player for the doubleheader. Naile replaced Mikolas in the seventh and got two outs. Before the second game, LHP Jordan Montgomery was added to the active roster and LHP Zack Thompson was recalled from Memphis. Montgomery was acquired by the New York Yankees in exchange for OF Harrison Bader on Tuesday.


Cubs: INF Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder strain) went 1-3 with a home run and walk in a rehab game for Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. … LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder strain) threw 49 pitches in 2 1/3 innings for Iowa on Wednesday. He gave up three runs and five hits.

Cardinals: RHP Drew VerHagen (right hip impingement) will soon have hip surgery. …LHP Steven Matz (left torn MCL) will not need surgery at the end of the season and will instead head into rehab. There’s no timetable for when he’ll be back.


Cubs: On Friday, LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 ERA) will make his 20th start of the season in the opener of a three-game series against Miami. Miami has not announced a starting pitcher.

Cardinals: On Friday, RHP Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 ERA) will take on Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) in the opening game of a three-game set.


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