Afternoon storm cools Wrigleyville as Cardinals ask Gant to ice Cubs, halt losing trends

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Cardinal pitcher John Gant, second from left, is visited on the mound by pitching coach Mike Maddux on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in the fifth inning of a game against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Christian Gooden

Derrick Goold

CHICAGO — A thunderstorm warning and the rain to go with it has swept over Wrigleyville and brought some cooler temps to a hot town, summer in the city.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright bulldozed through the rain drops as he ran from the visitors’ dugout at Wrigley Field to the bullpen under the bleachers for what was presumably a bullpen session. A tarp remains on the field about three hours before first pitch.

Plenty of time to sell new merch.

The Cubs will debut their City Connect “Wrigleyville” gear in this evening’s national broadcast, and the Cardinals are set to sport their victory blue Saturday variant edition alternate road jerseys. Plenty of blue will be on the field. That comes a day after the Cardinals left seeing red by blowing a four-run lead after the top of the fifth inning and losing their ninth game in 11.

The Cardinals felt they got some traction coming out of the win Wednesday against Cleveland only to see most of it slip away as the ball slipped too often from their grasp Friday afternoon at Wrigley. An error, a grounder not gloved, and…

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