Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

14 May, 2017, 04:21 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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All Butler did was surrender two hits, strike out five, and walk three over six shutout innings, a welcome change from the Cubs' incumbent starters of late.

Randal Grichuk homered in the St. Louis seventh off Carl Edwards Jr.

Butler started in place of the injured Brett Anderson. Follow our Facebook page to get updates on your news feed! He is coming off an abysmal start against the Rockies, where he lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs, five earned, on nine hits. The Cardinals had two runners on later in the inning, but Dexter Fowler got picked off at first on a snap throw by Contreras to end the threat.

Martinez struck out seven and walked four.

The Cubs had a run taken off the scoreboard in the fifth when Happ was called out for interference because of a hard slide at second base while attempting to break up a double play.

Pham and Sierra combined to go 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs. Had the Cubs not been exposed to the Red Sox or the Yankees so early in the season, they may not be in the funk they are in.

Will Mike Leake lead the Cardinals to a win versus the Cubs tonight at 8:15PM ET?

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Add to that a solo homer from Tommy La Stella, a poised ninth inning from The Wadebot, and this was a rare solid all-around performance for the Cubs other than Contreras' silly throw.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stood in the batter's box with runners on first and third with one out. Lester's velocity is down slightly from last season, and his walks are up a bit, but nothing to get too alarmed about.

The reigning World Series champions are in the bottom five in the National League of multiple offensive categories, including batting average (11th), slugging percentage (12th) and OPS (12th), and they are in the top five in strikeouts entering Saturday's game.

The Chicago Cubs, playing without their leading hitter Kris Bryant (stomach bug) (.299 BA, 7 HR, 18 RBI) parlayed six hits into three runs.

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (1-1, 3.27) starts for Chicago.

Cardinals outfielder Magneuris Sierra will start Saturday's contest against the Chicago Cubs and bat eighth. Since dominating the Cardinals, in the second game of the year, Arrieta has scuffled to a 4-2 record, with a 5.35 ERA. Three of those four teams are considered to be very good, and the Cardinals went 3-9. Chicago is also 10-2 in Arrieta's last 12 Sunday starts, and 45-18 in Arrieta's last 63 starts.

The Cubs called up top prospect Ian Happ on Saturday.

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