ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 30: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on July 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cubs Blown Out In St. Louis

Five run first inning goes away quickly as Cardinals pound Cubs 13-5.

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Eight Run Fifth Inning Puts Game Out of Reach

Things started off great for the Cubs Saturday. They scored five runs in the first inning and things were looking great. Unfortunately, that would be it for the Cubs scoring as St. Louis would pile on 13 runs and win the game 13-5.

Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano were the hitting stars for the Cubs (42-65)Saturday. Soto got the scoring started with a two-run double in the first inning. This was followed by a three-run homerun by Soriano and the Cubs were up 5-0 after their half of the first inning. St Louis (57-50) would add two of their own in the first thanks to a homerun by Albert Pujols and an RBI single by Skip Schumaker. Things remained the same until the fifth when the Cardinals plated eight runs giving them a 10-5 lead. The Cardinals would add three more in route to their 13-5 vitory.

Kyle Lohse settled down after the first inning to improve to 9-7 on the season. Lohse went five innings and allowed those five runs in the first, none earned, on just two hits. The Cardinals bullpen got the last 12 outs allowing only one Cubs hit.

Rodrigo Lopez took the loss for the Cubs Saturday. Lopez gave up six runs on eight hits in just four and a third innings of work. The veteran righty dropped to 2-3 on the season.

The Cubs will try to salvage one game from the series when the two clubs meet Sunday evening in St Louis.


Cubs Look To Avenge Friday's Loss To Cardinals

Saturday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals could be full of goodbyes. Not to the Cubs chances of making the playoffs, they said bye to to those in May, but to some players with the trade deadline tomorrow afternoon. Saturday could end the Cubs career for guys like Carlos Pena, Marlon Byrd, Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson, Carlos Zambrano, or others. The Cubs are definitely sellers this trade deadline and have a few players teams want and the Cubs have some salaries they would like to get off the books.  One other item the Cubs would like to say goodbye to on Saturday is their current four-game losing streak.

Rodrigo Lopez will get the start for the Cubs in game two of the series. Lopez has been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs this season. The veteran righty comes in to Saturday's game with a 2-2 record and an ERA of 3.49.  Lopez has been very impressive of late. In his last four starts, Lopez is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.85. Albert Pujols has struggled in his career against Lopez going just 1-13. That one hit unfortunately for the Cubs was a walkoff homer back in June.

Kyle Lohse will start for St. Louis Sunday looking to give the Cardinals a series victory. Lohse is 8-7 on the season with an ERA of 3.46. No other player is looking forward to July ending than Lohse. In his four starts this month, the Cardinals righty is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA.  The Cardinals as a team have lost seven of the last eight games Lohse has started. In his 11 career starts against the Cubs, Lohse is just 1-4 with an ERA of 6.51.

The forecast in St. Louis at the time of first pitch is temps in the low 90's under partly cloudy skies. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 CST. The game will be televised on Fox. 

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