Nootbaar’s game-ending single lifts Cardinals over Cubs 4-3

ST. LOUIS — Lars Nootbaar struck a connecting sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, sending out the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a split doubleheader.

St. Louis routed 3-0 prior to rallying in the seventh versus Marcus Stroman. Nolan Gorman and Paul Goldschmidt struck back-to-back homers prior to Nolan Arenado doubled and scored on Nootbaar’s flyball to center.

“When it all clicks, we’re able to string together some quality at-bats,” St. Louis supervisor Oliver Marmol stated. “Those guys there definitely made an adjustment on Stroman and made some really hard contact. Classic third time through the lineup.”

Arenado and Paul DeJong strolled with one out in the ninth versus novice Erich Uelmen (0-1). Nootbaar then drove in Arenado with a liner to right on a 2-2 pitch.

“He’s taking some really professional at-bats,” Marmol stated about Nootbaar. “He’s making a lot of hard contact. He’s confident in what he’s doing right now.”

Nootbaar stated he believed Arenado would have the ability to score the winning run. Arenado’s slide beat the tag by catcher Willson Contreras.

“He’s not the fleetest afoot. I’d never seen him move that fast before,” Nootbaar stated with a laugh. “But he’s a smart baserunner. I had a pretty good idea he would score there. I made him run a little harder than he needed to. I owe him.”

Ryan Helsley (6-1) got 3 outs for the win, assisting the Cardinals pull within a half-game of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.

Contreras homered for Chicago, which dropped its 4th straight video game. Stroman was charged with 3 runs and 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“I thought he had command of both sides of the plate. He was sharp,” supervisor David Ross stated. “It was a really nice performance today I thought.”

The doubleheader was set up after Wednesday night’s video game was held off by rain. St. Louis enhanced to 5-2 in its 4 doubleheaders this season, and Chicago dropped to 1-8 in its 5 doubleheaders.

Contreras, who was the topic of trade reports ahead of Tuesday’s due date, struck a solo drive in the very first for his 15th homer.

“I just wanted that to be over and clear my mind to play baseball,” Contreras stated of the due date. “I need to keep my focus on baseball and I don’t have to worry about something else any more. It feel more relaxed. It took a lot of weight off my shoulders.”

The Cubs included 2 more in the 6th versus Miles Mikolas. Contreras doubled and scored on Seiya Suzuki‘s single, and Patrick Wisdom added a sacrifice fly.

Mikolas allowed seven hits, struck out six and waked one in 6 1/3 innings.

Rafael Ortega had three hits for Chicago, and Nico Hoerner went 2 for 4.

LONG BALL

The Cardinals have homered in 12 straight games for the majors’ second-longest active streak behind the Yankees (19). St. Louis has actually struck numerous crowning achievement in 6 straight video games for the longest active streak in MLB.

LONDON CALLING

Major League Baseball revealed that the Cardinals and Cubs will play a two-game series in London in June.

LINEUP MOVES

Cubs: LHP Matt Dermody was remembered from Triple-A Iowa to function as the 27th guy for the split doubleheader. Dermody, 32, is 6-3 with a 3.74 age in 20 video games (13 starts) for Iowa this season. … INF David Bote was optioned to Iowa to develop a lineup area for LHP Sean Newcomb, who was slated to begin the 2nd video game.

Cardinals: Added RHP James Naile as the 27th gamer for the doubleheader. Naile relieved Mikolas in the seventh and got 2 outs.

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR’S SPACE

Cubs: INF Andrelton Simmons (ideal shoulder stress) went 1 for 3 with a crowning achievement and walk in a rehabilitation video game for Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. … LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder stress) tossed 49 pitches in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday for Iowa. He quit 3 runs and 5 hits.

Cardinals: RHP Drew VerHagen (ideal hip impingement) will have hip surgical treatment quickly. … LHP Steven Matz (torn left MCL) will not require season-ending surgical treatment and rather will rehab. There is no schedule on when he will be back.

UP NEXT

Cubs: It’s the very first major league start for Newcomb (0-0, 11.57 AGE) considering that Aug. 10, 2020, for Atlanta at Philadelphia. On Friday, LHP Justin Steele (4-7, 3.86 AGE) will make his 20th start of the season in the opener of a three-game series versus Miami.

Cardinals: LHP Jose Quintana (3-5, 3.50 AGE) begins the 2nd video game of the doubleheader. Quintana was gotten in a trade with Pittsburgh on Monday. On Friday, RHP Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 AGE) will square off versus New York Yankees LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 AGE) in the opener of a three-game set.

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