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August 19, 2011: Cubs beat Cardinals with walk-off in 10th

The Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-4 in 10 innings on this date in 2011. Yadier Molina and David Freese each homered. The Cardinals led this game 4-2 heading into the seventh inning, but the bullpen could not hold the lead. The Cubs got a run in the seventh and another in the eighth to tie it. In the bottom of the 10th, Tyler Colvin got an RBI single to win the game. The Cardinals dropped to 66-59 and were now fading in the playoff races. They were 7.5 games behind both the Milwaukee Brewers for the division lead and the Atlanta Braves for the Wild Card spot.

A Season of Walk-Offs

As I was writing up all these posts and looking over the results of this season, it seemed like the Cardinals lost a ton of games like this one in a walk-0ff. I looked back at the 10 seasons from 2005 to 2015, and my hunch was somewhat correct. The Cardinals had 13 walk-off losses in 2011, against only seven walk-off wins. They also had 13 walk-off losses in 2008, but that year they had 11 walk-off wins. The only other time they had 20 different games end in a walk-off was 2006 when they went 10-10 in such games. So the walk-off was pretty harsh to the Cardinals in 2011, at least in the regular season. Does playing in so many tight games help a team prepare for the playoffs? Who knows. Fortunately, this game was the Cardinals’ last walk-off loss of the season.

Video highlights:

Molina’s two-run homer

Theriot and Furcal fake a double play to fool Campana and allow Jay to turn two

Tyler Colvin’s tenth inning walk-off hit

CBS St. Louis / AP – Cubs Top Cards Before Largest Crowd at Wrigley Since 1978

CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Colvin’s RBI single in the 10th inning off Octavio Dotel lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Geovany Soto led off the 10th with a single off Dotel (0-2), advanced to second on Marlon Byrd’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on Colvin’s hit to center field just hours after the Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry.

Soto also had a game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning. Darwin Barney homered and tripled, and Starlin Castro added two hits for the Cubs. Sean Marshall (6-5) pitched a perfect 10th to earn the win.

Castro, who leads the NL with 162 hits, has 301 in his career. He is the fifth Cubs player to pass 300 in his first two seasons.

Chicago beat the rival Cardinals for just the third time in 10 games this season, delighting a home crowd of 42,343 — the largest at Wrigley Field since the home opener in 1978.

LumberKings 5, River Bandits 2

The River Bandits lost to the Clinton LumberKings on this date 5-2 at Alliant Energy Field in Clinton. The Bandits’ only runs came in the fourth inning on hits by Geoffrey Klein and Packy Elkins. LumberKings pitcher Anthony Fernandez had ten strikeouts over five innings to earn the win. Kalien Sams homered, doubled and drove in two runs for the LumberKings. Oscar Taveras went hitless in five at bats to drop his batting average to .361. The loss dropped the Bandits to 70-52 on the season.