Marshall was way too predictable…breaking ball, breaking ball, breaking ball. And worse, his breaking pitches consistently put him behind in the count. Cards then sat on his fastball and made him pay for throwing it.
I said if Marshall went five allowing three runs or less I’d be happy: he went five and allowed three runs. My reasoning was that would be enough for the Cubs to win it against the Cards’ pen.
Problem is, the Cubs couldn’t convert on multiply opportunities to drive in runs. And the Cardinals’ bullpen line is three innings of no-run, no-hit baseball…but the Cubs had their chances earlier against Wainwright.