Cards miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, lose to Cubs 2-1

Jessica Allison
September 30, 2017

Lackey (12-11) retired the final 10 batters he faced. Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.43 ERA) goes for Chicago, making his second start since missing almost three weeks with a hamstring injury.

A day after clinching their first playoff spot since 2010, the Twins are back on the field for an afternoon game at Cleveland.

Davis was starting for only the second time in his career. He allowed three runs and six hits while striking out six in six innings. There was no intent, just as there was no intent to hit K.B. It was part of the game.

Are the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals going to play a low-scoring game Thursday night? Tommy Pham singled, stole his second base of the game, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Dexter Fowler.

The loss drops the Cardinals elimination number to one.

Commenting on the incident, Chicago Tribune quoted Russell as saying, "Normally I don't do that, but being the case of me being nacho'd all over, my cleats even, I was like, you know what, why not?"

Most of the Cardinals dugout filed back into the clubhouse rather than remain and watch the Cubs celebration. "We're getting ready for tomorrow. Our season is not over". "I don't really care about the Nationals".

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Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the third inning, but left the game shortly after fouling a pitch off his left leg in the eighth inning.

Cubs bullpen combined for three hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts over the final three innings.

The Boston Red Sox were close to clinching their first back-to-back AL East championship wins in franchise history - but will have to wait to discover their fate after being thrashed 12-2 by the Houston Astros. The 38-year-old veteran ends his regular season with a winning 12-11 record and 4.56 ERA in 30 starts. Sep.

YANKEES 6, RAYS 1 Luis Severino cruised through his final postseason tuneup and Starlin Castro, Greg Bird and Aaron Hicks all homered during a four-run sixth inning, lifting NY over visiting Tampa Bay. "Now we're going into the playoffs with as much momentum as anybody". But the Twins locked up an AL wild-card spot later in the evening when the Angels lost to the White Sox.

After 2016-St. Louis' first postseason absence since 2010-it was clear change was necessary in order for the Cardinals to return to prominence. The right-hander has been in and out of the rotation lately, and he's allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings over his past two starts.

Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double in a three-run eighth, an inning after Paulo Orlando homered for the first time in more than a year, as Kansas City handed Detroit its ninth straight loss.

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