Jake Arrieta fired his 97th pitch of the night and walked off the mound as Luis Valbuena fired across the diamond to retire St. Louis rookie Oscar Taveras.
Another disappointing season will end with Edwin Jackson in the bullpen.
The Cubs never wanted Starlin Castro to be a hero and try to play a meaningless game in late September.
Arismendy Alcantara has played his way into The Plan.
The Cubs insist their bullpen isn't running into a wall as the 2014 season winds down.