RECAP — Cubs 3, Cardinals 4

Dexter Fowler ripped the heart right out of Cubs fans after hitting the game-winning home run on Sunday night, as the Cubs lost in 14 innings 4-3.

Standout Performers

Javy Baez: 2 for 6, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Kris Bryant: 1 for 6, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jon Lester: 1 for 2
Jon Lester: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

How it Happened

The Cubs scored early once again with an RBI sac-fly to center for Anthony Rizzo that was deep enough to score Willson Contreras, giving them a 1-0 lead. Then in the fourth, Kris Bryant crushed his fourth home run on the season to the upper deck that put the Cubs on top 2-1 after St. Louis had scored in the second. Following Bryant came the play that would end up sending this game to 14 innings when the Cardinals knocked in a run via the triple tying it 2-2. It would not be until the fourteenth inning when the Cubs would score again and Javy Baez delivered a huge play. Baez homered to dead center who was the hero at the time giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. Then with just three outs needed to win, Joe Maddon opted to roll with Luke Farrell who had given up the game-winning homer the day before.

Farrell cruised through the first two batters with two strikeouts and looked to be on his game. After giving up a single where Javy Baez couldn’t make the tough play and threw it away, they had a runner on first with two outs. Then came the one guy the Cubs wouldn’t want to face, Dexter Fowler. Farrell got him to a 1-2 count and then after a few foul balls, hit a ball just over the right-field wall and Jason Heyward’s glove, as the Cubs fell 4-3.

One Great Moment

Going all the way back to the first inning, Willson Contreras taught the Cardinals a baserunning lesson which is always nice to see. Contreras got Harrison Bader trying to steal third base with a beautiful throw and perfect tag by Bryant for the out. He always makes it look easy when throwing out baserunners, on what was actually a hard play to turn and Contreras still managed to catch Bader.

Standings Check

The Cubs fall to 16-15 this season and fourth place in the NL Central.

Up Next

Kyle Hendricks aims to get the Cubs out of their funk, in the home series opener against Miami on Monday at 7:05 PM CT.

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