After opening the series against the Chicago Cubs with a victory, the St. Louis bats struggled on Saturday, as it fell 3-2 at Wrigley Field. While the Cardinals have been playing some great baseball, each loss is crucial with the way the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing since the All-Star break.
Despite some control issues, the Cardinals really had no answer for Jeff Samardzija on the mound. Samardzija struck out seven batters and allowed only two earned runs in six innings. The Cardinals received a strong effort from Joe Kelly, who allowed only three earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched. Kelly struck out six hitters and issued only one walk in the loss,
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