ChiCub 4 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 6 17
Stl 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5
Date of game: 5/12/2014

Recap: St. Louis vs. Chicago Cubs

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Junior Lake tallied six RBI, Emilio Bonifacio scored five runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 17-5, in the opener of a four-game set.

Lake finished 3-for-6 with a three-run homer and a pair of doubles, while Bonifacio posted four hits for Chicago, which pounded out 20 hits to snap a three-game losing skid.

"I think we worked some at-bats and got some pitches that we could handle," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "It was a good game for us."

Mike Olt hit a two-run shot and scored twice, while Travis Wood (3-4) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on five hits and three walks over six frames in the triumph.

Tyler Lyons (0-3) gave up nine runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings for St. Louis, which has dropped three of its last four games.

"Looked like just getting the ball over the middle of the plate," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lyons' start.

The Cubs raced out to a 7-0 lead after plating four runs in the first and three more in the second.

Bonifacio led off the game with a double, advanced to third on Lake's groundout and scored on a passed ball. Anthony Rizzo reached with a single and came home on Starlin Castro's triple down the right-field line. Olt then sent an opposite-field drive into the seats in right for a 4-0 Cubs advantage.

In the second, Wood and Bonifacio tallied base hits before Lake crushed a three-run shot to left for a 7-0 spread.

The Cardinals got a pair of runs back in the home half on Mark Ellis' two-out, two-run single, but Chicago answered back with two more in the fourth.

Darwin Barney began the inning with a single and Bonifacio worked a one-out walk before Lake doubled into right-center to plate Barney. Bonifacio scored when Rizzo reached on a fielder's choice to make it 9-2.

St. Louis pushed across a trio of runs in the fifth before Chicago countered with two in the top of the sixth.

Greg Garcia and Jhonny Peralta were each hit by a pitch around a Matt Carpenter fly out and Garcia scored on Matt Holliday's double into right. Allen Craig's RBI groundout brought home Peralta and Yadier Molina's base hit plated Holliday.

Rizzo's sacrifice fly and Castro's RBI double in the sixth made it 11-5.

Chicago added six runs in the ninth. Lake had a two-run double, Nate Schierholtz tallied a sacrifice fly, Rizzo posted an RBI groundout and Barney and Castro each added an RBI single.

Game Notes

Castro went 3-for-6 with three RBI ... Barney had three hits to go with two runs scored and an RBI ... Chicago was 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position, while St. Louis finished 3-for-7 with RISP.

NASCAR News
Smith replaces Larson for Martinsville race

Regan Smith substituted for Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after Larson was sidelined due to additional medical tests following his fainting spell on Saturday.

Extra Points: Snyder and the Beltway radio wars

If contradiction was an Olympic sport, Chip Kelly would certainly be medal-worthy judging by his performance at the NFL's owners meeting but the Eagles coach might have to settle for silver because Daniel Snyder's critics will take the gold every time.

2015 PREVIEW NL EAST: It's the Nationals and everybody else

There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.