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?
Astronauts adjust ISS spacewalk plans after cable leak
Expedition 51 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA floats inside the International Space Station while wearing his spacesuit. An equipment water leak has stalled a spacewalk by two USA astronauts at the International Space Station on Friday.
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.
Abbas, who visited the White House last week, arrived in Russian Federation on Wednesday to meet with Putin and other officials. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation hoped that Trump's move would not affect ties with the United States.
The news came after local prosecutors shockingly cleared Brandon Bostian, 33, of criminal wrongdoing earlier in the week. Other lawyers have called last year's NTSB report on the crash a "whitewash" and a "quantum leap".
Indeed, some of the president's fellow Republicans warned Trump that an abrupt withdrawal from NAFTA would be risky . Dias said the only way for the Canadian government to respond is "to go head to head" with the Trump administration.
O'Sullivan pulled the Midshipmen to within one as the sophomore converted a free-position opportunity to close the gap to 5-4. The victory also snapped a three-match losing streak for the Bears and closed out Lamar's season at 17-8.
"I mean, I think it's pretty self-explanatory", Styles said of the track before entreating manager Jeffrey Azoff. Grimshaw threw the show to the song, introducing it by saying, "So here we go, the one about Taylor Swift ".
We're climbing back up the Nintendo Treehouse this year, which will give us a closer look at the games Nintendo have in-store. The Japanese gaming firm will be hosting a live stream to show off upcoming Switch games, treehouse events and tournaments.
The $1.2 Billion additional settlement will take the total settlement from the Volkswagen group to a record setting $22 Billion. The 3-liter settlement brings Volkswagen's tab for civil payments in the emissions scandal to around $17.4 billion, U.S.
Microsoft hinted that there will be more discussion of devices and consumer-facing announcements during tomorrow's keynote. For a more detailed information about pricing and availability, check out the Azure official website.
Ahead of West Ham's final home game of the season against Liverpool, Bilic is having to deal with a fresh crop of injuries. Worryingly for Liverpool , they have struggled against the league's lesser sides this season.
Nike Runner Narrowly Misses Shattering Two Hour Marathon Record
The race was run on Monza's fixed 2.4km (1.49-mile) looped track - the location of the fastest lap in the history of Formula One. Though Kipchoge's final time is the fastest marathon ever run, it won't count as a world record because of his use of pacers.
Blues one win away from Premier League crown
Considering that the Blues are just one win away from securing the Premier League title, Begovic's current focus is elsewhere. They join northeast rivals Sunderland in the Championship next season.
California governor seeks smaller education, child care cuts
Jerry Brown will travel to China to discuss clean energy policy with global leaders next month, his office announced Friday. Brown said it's crucial for California to guard its financial resources considering the uncertainty in Washington.