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Slumping Cardinals open key series with Cubs

Sep 14, 2007 - 2:19 PM Chicago Cubs (75-71) at St Louis (69-75) 8:10 pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Rick Ankiel and the St. Louis Cardinals are struggling.

St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright (13-10, 3.75 ERA) takes the mound on Friday hoping to end a season-high seven-game skid against the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs in the opener of a four-game series.

Since a two-homer, seven-RBI game in a win over Pittsburgh on September 6 - the last time the Cardinals won - Ankiel is just 1-for-23.

Winning the division appears to be the Cardinals only hope of making the postseason since they are 8 1/2 games behind San Diego (78-67) in the wild card race.

A converted reliever, Wainwright is 4-2 with a 2.18 ERA in his last eight outings, but is 0-2 with an 11.66 ERA in three starts against the Cubs this season.

Chicago, which has won two straight, sends ace Carlos Zambrano (15-12, 4.26) to the hill. Zambrano snapped out of a funk against the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing just one run and two hits in six innings during a 5-1 win on Saturday.

Prior to that start, the righthander had been 0-3 with a 9.42 ERA since signing a five-year, $91.5 million contract extension.

Zambrano is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals this season and is 7-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 17 career starts and one relief appearance against them lifetime.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHICAGO CUBS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 5 7 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHN - CARLOS ZAMBRANO, RYAN DEMPSTER (9TH), BOBBY HOWRY (9TH) AND
    JASON KENDALL
    STL - ADAM WAINWRIGHT, RYAN FRANKLIN (8TH), JASON
    ISRINGHAUSEN (9TH) AND YADIER MOL

    Sep 14 10:37 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN LUDWICK (13) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF RYAN DEMPSTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 5, ST LOUIS 3
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: Y MOLINA (.275, 0-FOR-3)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 10:28 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIM EDMONDS (12) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF RYAN DEMPSTER.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 5, ST LOUIS 2
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.298, 0-FOR-3)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 10:25 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DARYLE WARD SCORED FELIX PIE, JACQUE JONES AND
    JASON KENDALL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, D WARD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 5
    ST LOUIS 1 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: A SORIANO (.288, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 10:18 PM
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    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 10:18 PM
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    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 10:04 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CLIFF FLOYD (8) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF ADAM WAINWRIGHT.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 2, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M DEROSA (.290, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 9:34 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALBERT PUJOLS (31) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF CARLOS ZAMBRANO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 1, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J EDMONDS (.249, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 9:30 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK DEROSA SCORED ARAMIS RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DEROSA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 1
    ST LOUIS 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: J JONES (.276, 0-FOR-1)

    Cubs vs. CardinalsSep 14 9:01 PM