Hammel thre 12 pitches in the frame, setting the Cardinals down in order. He appeared to pull up with an injury in his left leg while running to cover first base on a groundball hit by the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter toward Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Lefthander Clayton Richard replaced Hammel and pitched three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Righthander Pedro Strop ultimately collected the loss after allowing the Cardinals’ final runs on a two-run home run by Jhonny Peralta.
Hammel does not have a scheduled start before the All-Star break which begins after Sunday’s game against the White Sox at Wrigley.
Wednesday was Hammel’s 17 start of the season. He is 5–4 with a 2.86 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 18 walks.
- Mike Fiammetta