Lackey and Contreras were thrown out with Chicago trailing 2-1 in the fifth.
In Lackey's latest start, on Sept. 8 against Milwaukee, he allowed a two-run first-inning home run and then no more runs in his seven-inning outing.
"Guys step up in big games and perform well and all of a sudden, you have something because you have some momentum from the most important time".
"Sometimes there are things going on behind the scenes in the bullpen with availability and certain guys working on things or struggling where you have to go outside the norm in order to give your manager some options". Winning five of seven would be even better.
WOW! What a way to start a Cubs-Cardinals series in September with the division on the line. That game-tying shot was the reigning league MVP's first extra-base hit in 24 at-bats against Martinez. Lackey didn't like the call then, and when Martinez singled on the next pitch to drive in a run and put the Cardinals ahead, 2-1, Lackey liked it even less. The loss puts them four games back with 15 to play.
Will Carlos Martinez ever field a clean grounder with runners on second and third this season, or ever?
The glove work, Matheny said, will come. "Looking for that big hit once again and opportunities to go after their bullpen and try to add to a small lead".
Several hours after his ejection, Lackey expressed no regret over his actions.
Lackey added one kicker: "It's a pretty big spot right there".
Don't expect Lackey to change his ornery ways. "I think it only helped us". "That's the definition of insanity", he said. "So God bless him". "To the fans. To MLB". Both Contreras and Lackey were tossed out of the game. Despite the chaos, and 2-1 deficit, the Cubbies fed off the energy, now currently leading 8-2 late in the game with a chance to notch their fourth straight victory. "He's found himself and he's just rolling with it and it's really fun to watch". Let's talk about it in the comments.
Martinez also missed Molina's target at the plate on a comebacker that cost the Cardinals at least a run during a 4-3 loss to the Padres on Aug. 24. "We wanted to win the game and have Monty available and it ended up working out".
The Cardinals found a shortstop with a nice glove and 20-plus home run pop, lightning-fast baserunners in Harrison Bader and Magneuris Sierra and effective young hurlers in Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara. His lone win came on June 22, 2016 as he threw 6 2/3 innings in a 7-2 Cardinals triumph.