MLB Game Recap - Chicago at St. Louis
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

LAD
9
SF
0
F
CIN
3
PIT
1
F
MIA
4
PHI
3
F
CLE
2
WAS
8
F
BAL
4
BOS
5
F
NYY
1
TEX
6
F
TB
3
TOR
8
F
HOU
8
LAA
5
F
MIL
3
COL
4
F(13)
ATL
6
NYM
7
F(11)
OAK
1
SEA
3
F
SD
0
ARI
1
F
DET
3
CHW
5
F
CHC
0
STL
9
F
MIN
4
KC
5
F

September 29, 2019 3:15 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Chicago (84-78)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

St. Louis (91-71)

2

2

4

1

0

0

0

0

x

9

9

0

W: Flaherty (11-8)

L: Holland (2-5)

CHC - HR: none

STL - HR: Goldschmidt (34) , Carpenter (15) , Fowler (19)

Cardinals clinch NL Central; Cubs lose in Maddon's finale
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:46 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Flaherty, Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals quickly drained any drama from a final-day playoff chase.

They were totally fine with that.

The Cardinals clinched the NL Central in their last game of the regular season, using Flaherty's arm and Goldschmidt's bat Sunday to win their first division title since 2015 with a 9-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

"This is what it's all about," manager Mike Shildt said. "I love to see the guys enjoy the fruits of their labor - it's something special."

The Cardinals built an 8-0 lead in the third inning and coasted into the best-of-five NL Division Series, starting Thursday at Atlanta.

St. Louis started the day with a one-game lead over Milwaukee. The second-place Brewers will play at Washington in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night, with the winner going on to play Los Angeles in the NLDS.

The Cubs lost on Joe Maddon's day as their manager. It was announced before the game that he won't return next year.

Maddon remained calm after the game as he received congratulations from his players.

"I've been able to hold it together pretty well," Maddon said. "It was very cool."

The 23-year-old Flaherty tossed seven impressive innings. He gave up two hits, stuck and six and walked one in an efficient 69-pitch stint.

"He continues to be amazing," Goldschmidt said.

Flaherty (11-8) stood in the on deck circle waiting to hit in the bottom of the seventh. After Harrison Bader was retired, Shildt called Flaherty back to the dugout to remove him for a pinch-hitter.

The crowd at Busch Stadium went crazy and would not stop yelling until Flaherty emerged from the dugout to tip his cap.

"I was in shock, not sure what to do," Flaherty said. "That's for hitters. I wasn't expecting anything like that."

Flaherty has allowed just seven runs over his last 12 starts. He has an 0.91 ERA after the all-star break.

St. Louis is back in the postseason after a three-year absence. The Cardinals have won or shared 12 division titles since the current format was developed in 1995.

St. Louis (91-71) finished three games better than last season (88-74).

Goldschmidt, who had three hits, added his team-high 34th home run. He was acquired in a trade from Arizona last December.

"For just this reason," Goldschmidt said. "My fondest memories in baseball are the celebrations. To accomplish this goal as a team, it's great. But we have to keep going."

Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler also homered for St. Louis, back in the postseason after a three-year absence. The Cardinals have won or shared 12 division titles since the current format was developed in 1995.

The Cubs had a four-year postseason run snapped this season. Maddon compiled a 471-339 record in five seasons and guided the Cubs to the World Series championship in 2016, ending a 108-year drought.

St. Louis scored twice in each of the first of two innings against Derek Holland (2-5). Goldschmidt singled after Holland walked the first two batters.

Fowler added a two-run homer in the second for a 4-0 lead. He has a career-high 19 home runs.

Carpenter's drive in the third off Duane Underwood Jr. pumped the lead to 8-0. Goldschmidt added his team-high 34th homer in the fourth.

Chicago finished 84-78 after a 95-68 mark in 2018.

Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber said he is going to miss Maddon.

"He changed the culture of the organization - 108 years and he breaks the curse," he said.

Chicago infielder Ben Zobrist pitched a scoreless eighth for the Cubs, striking a swinging Yadier Molina to end the inning.

CROWDED

A sellout of 47,212 pushed the Cardinals' attendance to 3,480,393, an average of 42,968 per game. It marked the 22nd sellout of the season. St. Louis averaged 42,020 last season.

PLAYING EXPERIENCED NOT NEEDED

Shildt becomes the third manager in major league history to reach the postseason without ever having played in the major or minor leagues.

He joins Pants Rowland (Chicago White Sox, 1917) and Ed Barrow (Boston Red Sox, 1918).

SING IT OUT

As has become tradition over the years, the fans sung the national anthem prior to the last home game of the season without the help of an organ.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: INF Kolten Wong is still not at 100 percent. He remains listed as day-to-day with a left hamstring strain although he is not able to run at full speed, according to St. Louis manager Mike Shildt.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Will face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS beginning Thursday in Atlanta.

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Pitchers of Record

Chicago IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
D. Holland (L, 2-5) 2 5 7 4 0 31.50 4.500
St. Louis IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Flaherty (W, 11-8) 7 2 0 1 6 0.00 0.429

Batting Leaders

Chicago AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
R. Garcia 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.5
W. Contreras 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.3
St. Louis AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
P. Goldschmidt 4 3 2 1 2 1 6 1 5.1
D. Fowler 3 2 2 1 2 2 5 0 4.4

Team Comparison

CHC STL
At Bats 27 32
Hits 3 9
Batting Average .111 .281
On Base Percentage .143 .439
Slugging Percentage 0.111 0.563
Doubles 0 0
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 3
Total Bases 3 18
Walks 1 8
Strikeouts 7 7
Stolen Bases 0 1
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 1 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/0 3/8
Double Plays Fielded 3 6
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - STL Leads Series 10-9

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri May 3 STL 0 @ CHC 4 K. Hendricks J. Flaherty
Sat May 4 STL 5 @ CHC 6 B. Kintzler J. Brebbia
Sun May 5 STL 5 @ CHC 13 J. Quintana A. Wainwright
Fri May 31 CHC 1 @ STL 2 J. Hicks M. Montgomery
Sat Jun 1 CHC 4 @ STL 7 J. Gant T. Chatwood
Sun Jun 2 CHC 1 @ STL 2 A. Wainwright C. Hamels
Fri Jun 7 STL 1 @ CHC 3 C. Hamels M. Mikolas
Sat Jun 8 STL 4 @ CHC 9 J. Lester J. Brebbia
Sun Jun 9 STL 1 @ CHC 5 K. Hendricks A. Wainwright
Tue Jul 30 CHC 1 @ STL 2 G. Gallegos Y. Darvish
Wed Jul 31 CHC 2 @ STL 0 K. Hendricks M. Mikolas
Thu Aug 1 CHC 0 @ STL 8 J. Flaherty J. Lester
Thu Sep 19 STL 5 @ CHC 4 A. Miller C. Kimbrel
Fri Sep 20 STL 2 @ CHC 1 R. Helsley D. Phelps
Sat Sep 21 STL 9 @ CHC 8 J. Gant C. Kimbrel
Sun Sep 22 STL 3 @ CHC 2 T. Webb Y. Darvish
Fri Sep 27 CHC 8 @ STL 2 B. Wieck A. Miller
Sat Sep 28 CHC 8 @ STL 6 S. Cishek A. Wainwright
Sun Sep 29 CHC 0 @ STL 9 J. Flaherty D. Holland

Game Information

Stadium: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 47,212
Game Time: 2:30
Weather: 91F, Clear
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?