CHICAGO — Juan Yepez drove in fellow novice Nolan Gorman in the top of the 11th inning and lefty Génesis Cabrera liquidated the Cubs with 4 innings of relief Sunday night as the Cardinals beat competing Chicago, 5-3, for a 3-2 series success at Wrigley Field.
Another novice, Brendan Donovan, provided the Cardinals some insurance coverage in the 11th with a two-out double that plated Harrison Bader. Donovan, among an MLB-most 9 Cardinals to make their MLB debuts this season, was the hero of Saturday’s 7-4 success over the Cubs with a two-run double in the 10th inning.
A night after driving in a career-best 4 runs and signing up the 2nd four-hit video game of his MLB profession, Donovan had 2 hits on Sunday. Paul Goldschmidt likewise had 2 hits and extended his on-base streak to 42 video games.
Down, 3-2, entering into the ninth inning, Bader led off by driving a ball off the ivy-covered wall in center field for a triple. Pinch-player Lars Nootbaar then looped a ball over the infield for an RBI single that knotted ball game at 3.
Cabrera, who gave up the consent run in the 8th on a double by P.J. Higgins, liquidated the Cubs in the ninth and 10th innings with a few of his finest work of the season. In the 10th with the Cubs threatening to win with Willson Contreras on 3rd base, Cabrera started out pinch-hitter Clint Frazier and got Higgins to ground back to the mound. Cabrera, who didn’t pitch on Saturday since of a concern with a split fingernail, wound up tossing a season-high 58 pitches over 4 innings.
It’s the very first time because June 27, 1992, that the Cardinals have actually played an 11-inning video game while utilizing simply 2 pitchers (Adam Wainwright and Cabrera). It was the very first time they utilized just 2 pitchers in an 11-inning win because May 7, 1986, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.