If you only watched the first inning today you probably thought that the Cubs and Cards went toe-to-toe in another slugfest today, you would also be wrong. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly and Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija both struggled in the first today. But both guy got out of jams where it could have been much worse than it was. Samardzija struggled with his command all day, but especially in the first where he walked the first three guys he faced to load the bases with none out. Samardzija escaped with giving up only one run which was huge as the Cubs bounced right back. Kelly had men on second and third with no outs and managed to tightrope out of the first giving up just two. The game stayed 2-1 until the Cardinals tied things up in the 6th inning. The Cubs looked like they might break things open in the seventh when they put the first two guys on 1st and 3rd, but struggled to push across a run. With two outs and guys at 1st and 2nd still Reed Johnson caught everyone by surprise by laying down a two out safety squeeze. It worked to perfection as Fuentes didn’t have a throw and pinch runner Tony Campana scored the go ahead run, which was also the winning run. Carlos Marmol came on for the ninth and shut the Cardinals down, he is now 11-for-11 in save opportunities. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
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