For a third time in two days, the Cardinals homered twice off of elite closer Craig Kimbrel in the top of the 9th inning with the Cubs leading 8-7 during the game.
“First and second pitches of the inning, I felt I made two competitive pitches I wanted to,” Kimbrel said. “They both went out. It’s just frustrating. That is the only thing I can say.”
Both of Kimbrel’s competitive pitches were fastballs that led to “back to back jacks” by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and outfielder Paul DeJong. Each were solo shots.
Final Score: Cardinals 9, Cubs 8.
The loss by the Cubs on Saturday was their fifth in a row, as the team is now six games back of the NL Central Division leading Cardinals and 3 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for second place of the NL Wildcard.