Cubs stumble once again at Busch Stadium in 5-2 loss to Cardinals
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 17, 2013 11:34PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 12:34AM
ST. LOUIS – In a quirk of the schedule, the Cubs didn’t make their first trip to Busch Stadium to face their division rivals until nearly the halfway point in the season.
Then they had to wait another hour and 59 minutes Monday because of a rain delay before the opener of a four-game series against the National League’s top team.
But all the extra time did nothing to change an ugly two-year trend of Cubs baseball on the road against the Cardinals, who beat the Cubs’ top starter this year, taking advantage of a pair of Cub errors along the way in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Cubs at Busch Stadium, dating to a sweep in their last series there in 2012 – getting outscored 28-3 in the streak.
They’re 4-14 in St. Louis since the start of the 2011 season.
Travis Wood (5-6) was tagged with the loss despite pitching a strong seven innings.
He gave up four runs, but one was unearned on a throwing error in the seventh by first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo’s play was compounded by what looked like a bad call on catcher Welington Castillo, who picked up the quick carom on Rizzo’s throw and threw to Wood at the plate well ahead of a sliding Yadier Molina.
Umpire D.J. Reyburn called Molina safe, apparently ruling his foot got underneath Wood before the high tag, and manager Dale Sveum was subsequently ejected for arguing the call.
Alfonso Soriano’s error on a single that got past him in the eighth led to the other unearned run.