ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 29: Geovany Soto #18 of the Chicago Cubs returns to the dugout after striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 29, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Cubs 9-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cubs Blown Out Against Cardinals, Lose 9-2

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Cubs Woes Continue

It seemed like maybe the Cubs could gain some momentum from their three game sweep of Houston only a week ago. Then, they faltered in Milwaukee, getting swept by the first place Brewers. They continued their run of poor play in St. Louis, as Edwin Jackson and the Cardinals did them in.

Jackson made his first start for the Cardinals, and it was a good one. He pitched 7.0 innings of one run baseball, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out four. The only run he gave up came in the top of the second. Marlon Byrd doubled, advanced after Geovany Soto was hit by a pitch, and then got to third after Alfonso Soriano singled. He came home on a Tyler Colvin sacrifice double play, to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

But, the Cards would storm back against Matt Garza. David Freese started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth, hitting his sixth home run of the season, scoring Albert Pujols and Matt Holiday. The Cardinals continued to pour it on throughout the game, and Garza’s stat line ended up at 5.2 innings pitched, with six earned runs on eight hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.

St. Louis hammered home the victory on the relievers too, adding another three runs to put the game away 9-2. The teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 P.M., CDT.


Cubs Try To Win Against Tough Division Foe

The road trip for the Cubs that ends their July won't get any easier this weekend as they travel to St. Louis to take on divisional foe the Cardinals. After getting swept in a three game set by the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Cubs will hope they can rebound against the second place Cardinals.

Matt Garza will start for the Cubs on Friday night in St. Louis. Garza, 4-7 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, has been the victim of bad luck this year. He's turned in several great starts, as with his last against Houston, in which he pitched seven innings of two run baseball only be to be awarded with a no decision. For the most part, the offense has been what's been holding Garza's win totals down, with a lack of run support during most of his outings. In his last game against St. Louis, he pitched 5.0 innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven. This year, Nick Punto is 2-for-2 against Garza with a double.

St. Louis will start newly acquired pitcher Edwin Jackson. Jackson, recently traded in a three team deal involving the White Sox and Blue Jays, is 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. His last start, against Cleveland, saw him earn the win after giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over 6.0 innings pitched. In his last game against the Cubs, while he was a member of the White Sox, Jackson got the win after giving up four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings pitched. Darwin Barney is 1-for-3 against Jackson this year, while Aramis Ramirez is also 1-for-3 with a home run.

The weather in St. Louis is forecast to be hot and stormy, with scattered thunderstorms predicted in the evening and a game time temperature in the upper 80's. Weather permitting, first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN and FS-M.

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