St. Louis Cardinals Game Recap – Friday, September 4, 2020

photo: Jack Flaherty via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Friday, September 4, 2020 – Cardinals 1 at Cubs 4

The St. Louis Cardinals met the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday night for the opener of a five-game series.  The Redbirds offense could not figure out Cubs starter Yu Darvish, who tossed seven shutout innings, and were defeated 4-1 on just two hits.

The only scoring for the Cardinals came on a solo home run by Matt Carpenter in the sixth inning.  A single by Yadier Molina was the only other hit for St. Louis.  The offense struck out 14 times, including three times by LF Tyler O’Neill, and two times each by Carpenter, Tommy Edman, and Brad Miller.  Kolten Wong was the only Cardinal who drew a walk.

Jack Flaherty started and struggled with his command, but despite throwing over 40 pitches in the first inning, escaped with just two runs scored. Trouble returned in the third, however, and he was pulled with two outs in the frame. Flaherty allowed three runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two.   He threw 69 pitches, 42 for strikes.

Once again, the bullpen performed well. Jake Woodford relieved Flaherty. He pitched a total of three innings and gave up one run on three hits.  Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless inning, and Alex Reyes finished the game with 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Webb made a fielding error in the seventh inning on a dropped popup.  Dylan Carlson threw out Cameron Maybin at second base in the fourth inning for an outfield assist.

The loss puts the Cardinals at 14-15 on the season and tied them with the Milwaukee Brewers for second place in the division, 4.5 games back of the Cubs.

Saturday’s games: doubleheader vs. Cubs at 4:15 p.m. CT, Game 1, Adam Wainwright (3-0, 2.65) vs. Adbert Alzolay (0-0. 0.00); and vs. Cubs Game 2, 45 minutes after Game 1, Dakota Hudson (1-2, 2.77) vs. bullpen start, FOX Sports Midwest / KMOX

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