White Sox Scouting Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera?

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When is the MLB trade deadline?

The 2021 Trade Deadline is coming up on July 30. As it approaches, MLB.com gathered its beat reporters to explain what every team is going to be doing over the next two weeks. Here's a breakdown of all 30 teams' Trade Deadline strategies -- whether they're buyers, sellers, both or still undecided. MLB.comHere's who will buy, sell at Trade Deadline

The latest at ESPN includes a round-up of buzz from around the league, and a portion jumped out at me as both interesting as a general trade matter, but also because of the rare overlap of Cubs-White Sox rumoring.

This is from Jesse Rogers, which makes it all the more interesting given his Chicago coverage:

There were a half-dozen scouts watching the Cubs and Cardinals on Tuesday night, including two from the White Sox. They are in search of some relief help and saw Cubs right-hander Ryan Tepera pitch a clean seventh inning just as White Sox right-hander Ryan Burr was giving up a lead to the Minnesota Twins. Tepera could be on the White Sox’s radar, as could left-hander Andrew Chafin — though their need is more from the right side than the left.

Assuming those scouts stuck around for last night’s game, too, then they saw Tepera look as nasty as he looked earlier this year, and also saw Chafin log a fly out, a double, and a strikeout.

Certainly, as the division leader with the largest lead in baseball, the White Sox are as close of a lock for the postseason as any team. Indeed, most expect the second place team in the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians, to sell off next week. In that situation, adding TOP-TIER bullpen pieces is among the most important moves you can make at the deadline. You already know you’re going to be in the postseason, where great relievers’ performance is magnified in both importance and leverage. Plus, the extra off-days allow you to lean even more heavily than normal on your top guys. To that end, the White Sox scouting guys like Tepera and Chafin*, who might be some of the best non-closer rental relievers on the market, makes plenty of sense.

The question is whether the teams would deal with each other, and even if there hadn’t been the Jose Quintana trade four years ago, I would’ve said yes. Since we know that this tier of reliever doesn’t necessarily land franchise-altering returns, I don’t think you’d see the same level of hesitancy to make a trade. If these are the guys the White Sox really want, and if the Cubs can get back a prospect package they really dig, then pull the trigger. Maybe there is a mild boost in terms of the players already being comfortable with Chicago, and not having to move their family midseason, too.

*(I’m sure the White Sox would love to add Craig Kimbrel, too, but with Liam Hendriks signed on as their closer, it’s a little dicier – at a human performance level – to bring in a second sure-fire closer and ask one of them to not do that anymore. It seems to be one of those things that sounds better on paper, and doesn’t really fly in practice.)

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On this day: Busch Stadium hit by derecho in 2006

FOX 2 St. Louis 22 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

ST. LOUIS – The Cardinals and Cubs are always a memorable match-up, but 15 years ago today, there was another memorable game; not because of the action on the field, but because of Mother Nature.

In July 2006, we were in the middle of a heatwave when a strong complex of storms to the northeast made a turn for St. Louis, moving over Busch Stadium during a game.

“I wasn’t really paying attention to the weather,” said Mary Lewis, who attended the game in 2006. “And all of a sudden, I looked over and it was before Ballpark Village was there. There was just a big blank spot over there. And I saw how black it was to the north. And I said to my husband, ‘That does not look good.’ And he said, ‘Oh, don’t worry, it’s traveling east.’ And then the storm hit.”

Fans at Busch Stadium had to run for cover as the winds picked up and video from the storm shows one person being knocked down by a trashcan.

“I remember seeing people trying to walk out and getting, you know, almost knocked over. You know, everything was just going sideways,” Lewis said.

The derecho started in northeastern Iowa. It moved through central Illinois and then made that turn toward the southwest, leaving behind a widespread path of wind damage.

“We had widespread 60 to 80 mile-an-hour wind gusts. So, widespread damaging wind gusts and, because of the direction, a lot of the trees weren’t used to the wind blowing from the northeast. Especially anything over 10 to 20 miles an hour, let alone 60 to 80. So that put a lot more stress on trees, more tree damage, which led to power outages as a result,” said Jayson Gosselin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

After the storm, the heatwave continued.

“We had a half million people without power after that and heat index was 110 to 115 on (July 20), so that was a big deal. And the power outages lasted 7 to 10 days for some areas,” Gosselin said.

This homestand, we don’t have the threat of severe weather and temperatures aren’t too bad either.

“Gorgeous. A beautiful day for a baseball game,” said Dana Rees, a Cardinals fan.

“Weather is great. We’re used to it, we’re from the Midwest. A little humidity, great people though. Friendliest people I’ve ever seen. Love St. Louis. Weather’s nice. Come out and enjoy the game,” said Tim McFarland, a baseball fan from Chicago.

Fans were out enjoying the gorgeous weather and excitedly awaiting the first pitch.

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BRANSON, Mo. -- July 19, 2021 marks three years since the duck boat in Branson sank on Table Rock Lake during a severe thunderstorm.

A total of 63 felony charges have been filed in Stone County against the captain of the ship, the general manager, and one supervisor. An attorney representing the victim's families says this is a step in the right direction.

Nearly 20 people held a protest march Sunday in Fairview Heights in the Metro East region to call for accountability following the June 26 incident. The Belleville News-Democrat reports officers were sent to the park to disperse a crowd of more than 200 young patrons.

“I am not giving up until there is no giving up,” Haddix said after the hearing.

Cardinals win in 10th on Molina RBI after another ninth-inning stumble against Cubs

STLtoday.com 22 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) douses his head with water in the dugout between innings of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 in walkoff fashion with a hit from Yadier Molina. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

The sun sets behind the stadium during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Cubs fans reach for signatures before the start of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Tyler O'Neill (27) is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (2) to end the inning as he tries to steal second during the eighth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera (92) watches his pitch from his follow through during the eighth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

A Chicago Cubs player walks off the field as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, says a prayer as he walks off the field with teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (65) walks back to the mound after hitting a batter during the ninth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

The moon rises behind the stadium lights during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) celebrates after hitting a RBI double to tie the game during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Bader would later score on an RBI hit from left fielder Dylan Carlson, not pictured. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) hits a RBI double to tie the game during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Bader would later score on an RBI hit from left fielder Dylan Carlson, not pictured. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Tommy Edman (19) slides in safe to third on a hit by center fielder Harrison Bader, not pictured, during the fifth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Edman was left stranded on third. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) receives a standing ovation for arguing with the home plate umpire during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) tags Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) out at home during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) argues with umpire Jeff Nelson (45) over a call in the previous inning as umpire Manny Gonzalez (79) blocks him during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Shildt was ejected from the game. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (2) while trying to get a double during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) takes a minute after being tagged out on second during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) is checked on at home after getting hit in the head by the ball during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) watches the ball after hitting a double during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) unwinds during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

After their ghastly ninth-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, the Cardinals needed a proven stopper, even if the losing streak was just one game. On their team, who better than soon-to-be-40-year-old Adam Wainwright, who was 85-45 in his career after a Cardinals loss, ghastly or otherwise?

Wainwright gave the Cardinals just what they wanted—seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday night at Busch Stadium mas he became their third consecutive starter not to issue an unintentional walk in the first three games of this series.

The Cardinals’ defense, notably center fielder Harrison Bader, third baseman Nolan Arenado and reserve shortstop Edmundo Sosa,  saved perhaps five runs, according to manager Mike Shildt, who watched the final half of the game from the batting cage between the dugout and the clubhouse, having been ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson. And, in the 292nd start that Yadier Molina has made with Adam Wainwright, Molina, the only regular without a hit until then, delivered a one-out, run-scoring single off Chicago Cubs All-Star reliever Craig Kimbrel in the 10th inning to reward the Cardinals with a 3-2 victory and once again shove them to the .500 mark.

Shildt was already halfway to the clubhouse anyway. But he said he knew that with Molina hitting, his team soon would be joining him.

“I think the game’s over,” said Shildt. "It’s time to go. Yadi’s up. This is it.”

"It" took 4 hours 9 minutes to complete. 

Wainwright said, “Last night was a tough loss. And you’re sitting there, saying, ‘We cannot lose this game. We just can’t.’ I know there are a lot of games left but to lose two games in a row when you had them right on the ropes would have been really painful. The clubhouse is rocking right now.”

Regarding Molina’s winning hit, Wainwright said, “He swung at those first two high heaters, and I’m saying, ‘Yadi, don’t swing at that.’ Then he hit the next high heater down the line.”

A bullpen without Alex Reyes, who was held out after throwing 30 pitches in the loss the night before, allowed the Cubs to tie the game in the ninth. Then, after lefthander T.J. McFarland had pitched out a jam in the top of the 10th with the help of a dazzling double play started by Sosa, Molina bounced his hit over the right-field wall out of the reach of infielder-turned-right fielder Patrick Wisdom. Cubs manager David Ross had moved Wisdom to right from third and had backup catcher Robinson Chirinos playing second as he was out of healthy players.

The game-winner was ruled a single to score Paul Goldschmidt, who had started the inning at second base, according to baseball's extra-inning rules.

Bader, throwing out his fifth multi-hit game in his past seven, doubled for his third hit of the night to score Paul DeJong with the tying run in the seventh and, moments later, came home with the go-ahead run on Dylan Carlson’s double off Cardinals nemesis Kyle Hendricks, who is 12-3 against the Cardinals and 3-0 this season. Shildt had been ejected for protesting a strike three call on Carlson in the latter’s previous at-bat.

Genesis Cabrera moved to the eighth inning and Giovanny Gallegos recorded the final out of the eighth but hit his second batter in two innings  in the ninth and the Cubs tied the score on pinch Eric Sogard’s pinch hit double.

Expanding the Cardinals' major league lead, reliever John Gant hit two more batters in the inning before second baseman Tommy Edman threw out Rizzo from short right field.

With the Cubs starting the 10th with Rizzo on second, Gant allowed a single to Javy Baez, with Rizzo stopping at third. McFarland relieved to throw the  double-play ball on which there were five throws and a rundown with first baseman Goldschmidt taking the final throw on the third-base line and tagging out Rizzo after Sosa had joined the rundown. 

It started with Sosa gloving Ian Happ’s grounder and stepping on the bag for the forceout at second. Wainwright was impressed with a deke that Sosa had made, as if he then was going to throw to first.

Rizzo belatedly had taken off for home and Sosa turned and fired there. 

“It looked like he was just conceding a run to go take the double play,” Wainwright said. “And then he snapped his head around real quick to get the runner in a rundown.”

Shildt said the club actually practices a play like that in spring training but it is trickier with nobody out. 

“Anticipation is very important,” Shildt said. “I’m not going to say it’s a lost art, but it’s fading from our game. You’re talking about a high IQ guy.”

Sosa, through a translator, said, “Even before the call went to the bullpen, I was running through scenarios in my head. What can I do if the ball is hit to me?

“Once I grabbed the ball, I kind of glanced at Rizzo and saw that he wasn’t breaking immediately. Then, I went to second base and took the (play) myself. I peeked again and he was a little bit further down the line. It was a point of no return at that point. I had to go home so we could get Rizzo.”

Bader jumped to the top of the left-center-field wall to take away a potential home run from Willson Contreras in the Cubs’ first.

“He’s got tremendous talent. We always knew that,” said Wainwright.

“He’s always been an incredible outfielder but we’ve seen his offense turn the corner. He’s not just hitting fastballs anymore. He’s hitting off-speed pitches.

“He’s covering the whole plate a lot better than he used to. He used to swing at those pitches in the dirt.

“When he’s in the outfield, he’s a total game-changer. He’s one of the best, if not the best, center fielders in all of baseball.

"It’s cool to see him. . . become this total player." 

To Wainwright’s assessment that Bader is the complete player now, Bader, nine for his past 14, said, “That’s a nice comment. I feel great.

“But I don’t think of it that way. I’m just focused more on the task at hand right now, which is winning as many games as possible.”

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third when former Cardinals farmhand Rafael Ortega tripled with one out to score Nico Hoerner, who had singled.

In the sixth, Contreras opened with a double and went to third on Rizzo’s groundout to Goldschmidt. 

Baez slashed a grounder inside the line at third but Arenado backhanded the low-hopper and made a strong, off-balance throw home where catcher  Molina tagged out a sliding Contreras.

Jason Heyward, a .357 career hitter against Wainwright, doubled for the second time, going to the opposite field in left, with one out in the seventh. Arenado came to the fore again, though, diving to stop Hoerner’s grounder to his left and, from one knee, throwing to first for the out.

Shildt, who had taken the Tuesday loss hard as did his team said, “I got asked a lot last night, a lot today, how is your team going to respond? I answered that they would answer in a tough fashion.

“Toughness, heart, perseverance. . . you can capitalizes all of those--for  whatever you want to write or broadcast," Shildt said. 

A Chicago Cubs player walks off the field as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) celebrates after hitting a RBI double to tie the game during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Bader would later score on an RBI hit from left fielder Dylan Carlson, not pictured. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) makes a leaping catch at the wall for an out during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) argues with umpire Jeff Nelson (45) over a call in the previous inning as umpire Manny Gonzalez (79) blocks him during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Shildt was ejected from the game. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, says a prayer as he walks off the field with teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) takes a minute after being tagged out on second during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (65) walks back to the mound after hitting a batter during the ninth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

The moon rises behind the stadium lights during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Tyler O'Neill (27) is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (2) to end the inning as he tries to steal second during the eighth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) hits a RBI double to tie the game during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Bader would later score on an RBI hit from left fielder Dylan Carlson, not pictured. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Tommy Edman (19) slides in safe to third on a hit by center fielder Harrison Bader, not pictured, during the fifth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Edman was left stranded on third. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) receives a standing ovation for arguing with the home plate umpire during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) tags Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) out at home during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera (92) watches his pitch from his follow through during the eighth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (2) while trying to get a double during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) is checked on at home after getting hit in the head by the ball during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) watches the ball after hitting a double during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) unwinds during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Chicago Cubs left fielder Rafael Ortega (66) signs autographs for fans before the start of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) douses his head with water in the dugout between innings of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 in walkoff fashion with a hit from Yadier Molina. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

The sun sets behind the stadium during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Cubs fans reach for signatures before the start of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Tyler O'Neill (27) is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (2) to end the inning as he tries to steal second during the eighth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Genesis Cabrera (92) watches his pitch from his follow through during the eighth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

A Chicago Cubs player walks off the field as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, left, says a prayer as he walks off the field with teammates after hitting a walkoff single during the tenth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals won 3-2 over the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (65) walks back to the mound after hitting a batter during the ninth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

The moon rises behind the stadium lights during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) celebrates after hitting a RBI double to tie the game during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Bader would later score on an RBI hit from left fielder Dylan Carlson, not pictured. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) hits a RBI double to tie the game during the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Bader would later score on an RBI hit from left fielder Dylan Carlson, not pictured. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Tommy Edman (19) slides in safe to third on a hit by center fielder Harrison Bader, not pictured, during the fifth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Edman was left stranded on third. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) receives a standing ovation for arguing with the home plate umpire during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) tags Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) out at home during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt (8) argues with umpire Jeff Nelson (45) over a call in the previous inning as umpire Manny Gonzalez (79) blocks him during the sixth inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Shildt was ejected from the game. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) is tagged out by Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner (2) while trying to get a double during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) takes a minute after being tagged out on second during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) is checked on at home after getting hit in the head by the ball during the third inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) watches the ball after hitting a double during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) unwinds during the first inning of a MLB game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The Cardinals are hoping to redeem themselves after giving up a five run lead in their last game, Tuesday night, against the Cubs. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

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