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July 26, 2014

Game 103: Cardinals 6, Cubs 3

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Looking at the Cards from a fan's perspective

Maybe Oscar Taveras and Peter Bourjos need to hang out with the newest St. Louis Cardinals player, catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

According to some folks, Taveras and Bourjos can't hit up to par because they don't get to play every single day. Yet Pierzynski, who hasn't been in a game in a week and a half following his release by the Boston Red Sox, collected three hits in his first game with a new team in a new league after a long layoff.

That total represented three of the eight hits the Redbirds collected Saturday in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Matt Adams had a double and a triple and Kolten Wong had a pair of singles to account for four of the other five St. Louis hits. Jon Jay, who scored the winning run, had the other.

The first half of the Saturday game unfolded just like the contest the day before: The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead thanks to a first inning rally. Then they hung out for a while and did a whole lot of nothing while the Wee Bears caught up.

The difference came in the second part of the game.

On Friday the Cubs overcame a pair of Cardinals leads and hung on for the win. On Saturday St. Louis reclaimed the lead -- and then piled on some insurance runs to put the game away.

Tied at 2 in the seventh, Jay singled and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt. He stole third base to be one station away from the home plate. Matt Carpenter hit a ground ball to first base with the infield playing in. But Jay broke on contact and was able to avoid the tag with a fade away slide at the plate to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead.

Wong struck out for the second out. But Matt Holliday walked to keep the rally going. Adams, facing a lefty pitcher, ripped a ball into the right centerfield gap to plate both baserunners to put St. Louis ahead 5-2. Jhonny Peralta walked and then Pierzynski singled for his first St. Louis RBI.

The Cubs plated a run in the eight. But closer Trevor Rosenthal was able to work around a pair of hits in the bottom of the ninth with a timely double play.

In his first game back in the starting rotation since before the All-Star game, Shelby Miller was like a different pitcher.

He hurled 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits in challenging conditions at Wrigley Field. He struck out three and walked one. But because of the late arriving St. Louis offense, he wasn't eligible to get the win. That went to the guy who relieved him, Randy Choate, instead.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Adams was 2-for-5 with a run scored and four driven in.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Adams' triple to break open the game in the seventh inning. It was his fourth three-bagger of the year.

Lowlight: Taveras was hitless in four at-bats and left four runners stranded on base. 

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

Contact him at swuerz@bnd.com.

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