Cubs end road trip with 6-1 loss to Cardinals
By GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 20, 2013 11:17PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 11:32PM
ST. LOUIS – The rival St. Louis Cardinals batted around in the sixth inning to break open a close game and send the Cubs home with a disappointing road trip, beating the Cubs 6-1 Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
The Cubs, who missed a sweep of the New York Mets because of an ugly ninth inning Sunday on the first leg of the trip, lost three of four to the best team in baseball in St. Louis to finish the trip 3-4.
“Obviously, the one in New York wasn’t much fun,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, whose team eked out just eight earned runs on .170 hitting in its last five games after opening the Mets series with a pair of wins.
“Coming here we knew it was going to be tough to score runs, and it was. We didn’t swing the bats at all. We had only five hits again today. Seven hits in two days isn’t going to win many ballgames, no matter how good your pitching is, and our starting pitching was pretty good in all four games against the best offense in baseball.”
On a 90-degree Thursday night, starter Scott Feldman (6-6) was battling in a one-run game until Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday led off the sixth with a home run. Feldman lasted just three more batters, allowing an ensuing double to Yadier Molina and a one-out walk to David Freese.
“I didn’t feel like I was exhausted or anything,” Feldman said. “The whole game was just a grind really.”
Hector Rondon took over for Feldman and gave up an infield single to load the bases and back-to-back two-out singles to pinch-hitter Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter for three more runs.
The Cubs’ only earned run the last two games came on Welington Castillo’s home run leading off Thursday’s third inning.
The Cubs dropped to 9-24 against National League Central opponents this year.