Cubs shortstop Addison Russell made one of the best defensive plays you’ll see this post-season during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Saturday. Leading off the bottom of the second inning, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a bullet destined for left field, but Russell dove to his right to snag the ball, then quickly got up and fired a one-hopper to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the out. Rizzo deserves a little credit on the play for the pick.
The Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-3 on Saturday to even up the NLDS 1-1.
Some defensive miscues by the Cardinals — and a home run by Jorge Soler — allowed the Cubs to jump out to a sizable early lead and rode that all the way to a 6-3 victory on Saturday night in Game 2 of the NLDS. The series is now tied with each team having won one game.
The Cardinals went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning when Matt Carpenter drilled a solo home run to straightaway center field against starter Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs immediately responded, capitalizing on Kolten Wong‘s misfire to complete the last leg of a 6-4-3 double play in the first inning plus a Jaime Garcia throwing error to first base, to score five runs in the top of the second. Jorge Soler’s two-run home run to center field served as the cherry on top. Soler finished 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks along with the round-tripper.
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia left after two innings due to a stomach virus, which likely had an impact on his performance. Lance Lynn, previously tabbed to start Game 4, relieved Garcia in the third inning. It’s unknown if his use on Saturday will alter the Cardinals’ rotation plans.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks faltered after striking out back-to-back hitters to begin the fifth, allowing back-to-back solo home runs to Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk. He was pulled and the Cubs’ bullpen held the fort from there. Travis Wood tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings followed by a dominant eighth from Trevor Cahill. Closer Hector Rondon, he of locked bathroom fame, worked around a one-out Jason Heyward single in the ninth to close out the 6-3 win.
The two clubs will enjoy a day off on Sunday. The NLDS will continue on Monday in Chicago at Wrigley field with Michael Wacha starting for the Cardinals and Jake Arrieta taking the hill for the Cubs.
Mets manager Terry Collins squelched any thought that Jacob deGrom would be starting Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers (if necessary), calling it “unrealistic”, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Lefty Steven Matz would start Game 4 at Citi Field.
deGrom dazzled in Friday night’s NLDS opener at Dodger Stadium, striking out 13 while tossing seven scoreless innings. In doing so, he felled three-time Cy Young Award-winner Clayton Kershaw.
Matt Harvey will oppose Brett Anderson in Game 3, the Mets’ first playoff game at home since Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.
According to the Associated Press, Cubs closer Hector Rondon got stuck in the bullpen bathroom for a few minutes following the conclusion of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, a 4-0 loss.
The lock simply malfunctioned, according to Joe Walsh, the director of stadium operations for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals replaced the lock before Game 2 started on Saturday.
Rondon joins a list of baseball players to get locked in the bathroom which includes Jeff Francoeur (link), Fernando Rodney (link), and Jose Ceda (link).