Michael Wacha stymied Cubs hitters while John Lackey dueled with Cardinals hitters nearly as effectively, but a breakthrough sixth plated five runs, and the Cubs clinched the NL Central for the second year in a row. Chicago stopped his streak of winning seven consecutive starts, the longest by any Cardinals rookie since Ted Wilks in 1944. The Twins earned an AL wild-card berth after the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Chicago White Sox.
The Boston Red Sox were close to clinching their first back-to-back AL East championship wins in franchise history - but will have to wait to discover their fate after being thrashed 12-2 by the Houston Astros. The loss eliminates the Cardinals from post season play for a second straight season. Colorado hasn't made the playoffs since 2009. "And he's coming off a start where he didn't throw much". The former Cardinal and three-time World Series victor struck out 3 and gave up 2 hits and 2 walks.
ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 5 Mark Canha hit a game-ending home run in the ninth inning to lead host Oakland past Seattle.
The Red Sox maintained their three-game lead over NY with four to play.
Through five innings, Wacha tossed 50 pitches, and just 60 pitches through six. Jackie Bradley Jr, Dustin Pedroia and Rajai Davis drove in a run apiece for Boston.
Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0) pitched three hitless innings. With most of their talent returning, a World Series hangover for Chicago let the Cardinals back in the division race this season-before dealing the definitive deathblow to the Cardinals through the head-to-head series.
Arrieta is scheduled to start Sunday in the regular-season finale amid concern about lingering effects of a hamstring strain sustained on September 4. First pitch is 7:15PM EST.
Until the last fraction of the season, the Cardinals' playoff fate seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Hendricks holds a 1.20 WHIP with 114 strikeouts over 134 2/3 innings. John Ryan Murphy's fielder's choice scored the tying run, and Dyson then walked in the winning run.
The collision involved Santa Rosa County's very own Addison Russell, Cubs shortstop.
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The Cardinal fan, identified as Andrew Gudermuth, a 21-year-old, was in the front row seat down the third base line when the incident occurred. Javier Baez doubles and head home on Jason Heyward single to right field.
The Cardinals missed a chance to tie the game in the third.
The Dodgers scored nine runs against the Padres in each of the first two games before topping that total Wednesday.
Happ homered in the first off Lance Lynn, who allowed three hits in five innings.
During the eighth inning, the Cardinals had two outs and runners in scoring position after Greg Garcia was able to beat out a possible double play. Milwaukee comes here trailing Colorado by only two games. That steal gave Pham 25 stolen bases this season.
That was enough for a Phillies relief corps that has been stellar in the final month of the season. In that span, he struck out eight and walked none. Simmons (0-1) took the loss. Martinez helped lead the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Giants.
Bell was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. That series was so taut that if the Cubs win another World Series, somebody in the Ricketts family might suggest rings for the Brewers and Bob Uecker. The hit was his second in the majors and produced his first RBI.
Lackey showed he had plenty in the tank, throwing six innings, striking out three, and walking two. But talent won out in the end, and the Cubs rattled off their 12th win in 15 games with a 5-1 defeat of the Cardinals to clinch the National League (NL) Central.