Rough Game At Wrigley Sinks Cubs Against Cardinals, 6-4

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Geovany Soto Strains Groin In Loss

Carlos Zambrano had a mediocre start on Tuesday night, but that wasn’t what sealed a loss for the Chicago Cubs. Rather, it was several defensive miscues and a lack of power hitting in key situations that robbed the team of a victory.

Though the Cubs managed to get hits off of the St. Louis starter — Chris Carpenter threw seven innings and gave up four runs on thirteen hits — all of the Cubs hits on the night were singles, and they managed to come at the least opportune times, as the team left twelve men on base during the night. Carlos Zambrano also gave up four runs, but did so on just eight hits over seven innings.

The game was really put away in the top of the eighth inning, however. Kerry Wood came on in relief and, after a single by Albert Pujols and a walk to Matt Holiday, loaded the bases with an intentional walk of Yadier Molina. Daniel Descalso then singled to right, scoring two runs and putting the game out of reach for the light hitting Cubs.

If the disappointing loss wasn’t enough, the Cubs also lost catcher Geovany Soto. He strained his groin in the first inning and will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

The Cubs will send Matt Garza to the mound and try for revenge on Wednesday night. First pitch will be at 7:05 P.M., CDT.

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Cubs And Cards Meet At Wrigley

Tuesday night at Wrigley Field will see the first meeting of the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 season. Coming along with St. Louis will be former Cubs shortstop, Ryan Theriot

Taking the mound for Chicago will be Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano, at 4-1 with a 4.23 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, is coming off one of his better starts of the season in Los Angeles. There he gave up just one earned run on five hits over eight innings of work. In his career against the Cardinals, Zambrano is 12-6 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Albert Pujols has hit him well, with a .273 average, five doubles, and five home runs against him.

Pitching for St. Louis will be Chris Carpenter. Carpenter has had a rough 2011 season so far and is still in search of his first win on the year. He's currently at 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. In his career against the Cubs he's 10-6 with a 3.10 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Both Marlon Byrd and Aramis Ramirez have hit him well, with .364 and .333 averages against him. Ramirez has also taken him deep twice.

The weather tonight is forecast to be warm and partly cloudy, with a game time temperature in the mid-70s. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and FS-M.

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