Cubs' Russell brings Cardinals fan fresh nachos after spilling into stands

Jon Lester and John Lackey embrace in the Cubs' clubhouse after clinching the division title Wednesday night

He threw 116 pitches, his most since September 7 past year. However, manager Joe Maddon feels his team has finally reached the level of play he has asked for all season.

Andrew Gudermuth, from Sikeston, Missouri, was watching the game in St. Louis yesterday with his nephew and girlfriend while enjoying a plate of cheesy nachos. "They know what it's about". If the Cubs beat the Cardinals on Tuesday night or Milwaukee loses at home to Cincinnati on Tuesday, Chicago would repeat as division champions. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he is 14-9 with a 3.43 ERA and 159 strikeouts this season. The right-hander will make his second start since a stint on the 10-day disabled list caused by a hamstring injury.

The teams swapped solo homers in the second. That is the lowest ERA by any active pitcher against St. Louis. This has been the worst of Jon Lester's three years with the Chicago Cubs. Chicago stopped his streak of winning seven consecutive starts, the longest by any Cardinals rookie since Ted Wilks in 1944. Martinez is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in the previous four outings, although his two games in St. Louis have been considerably better than the two at Wrigley Field.

He struck out four, walked two and gave up just five hits - the only run he allowed on the Gyorko shot. He walked one and whiffed six. Martinez will take some swings before the Tuesday night game with hopes of getting back into games in the final week.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was taken out of the game in the seventh inning after he took two foul balls off his catcher's mask. He successfully passed the concussion protocol. "My command could have been a bit better early, but I was a little sharper today than I have been". At that point, there was not going to be a conversation. "Moving forward, just get him back on track".

The Monday night defeat officially eliminated the Cardinals (81-75) from the division race. The Brewers were idle Monday, and Miami played at Colorado.

With six games remaining, the Angels trail Minnesota by five games for the second AL wild card.

The D-backs clinched a National League Wild Card playoff berth after the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers both lost Sunday.



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