Slumping Cubs get much-needed win, beat Cardinals

Slumping Cubs get much-needed win, beat Cardinals

Willson Contreras connected twice for his first career multihomer game, Eddie Butler threw six scoreless innings in his season debut and the Chicago Cubs beat St. Louis 3-2 Friday, ending the Cardinals' six-game winning streak. Mike Foltynewicz (1-4) allowed one run in six innings. I'm over the rule. "But the pick off at first was bigger". St. Louis went on to win 5-3, although Happ did hit his first career Major League Baseball home run later in the contest. (Happ) slid three inches past the bag and we got a double play. Harper slugged his way to a cumulative 23 fWAR for the Nationals over the last five years, earning four All-Star nominations, a Silver Slugger award, and NL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors to boot. They're also 6-0 in their last six games after scoring five runs or more in their previous game and are 5-0 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter.

47,601 people crowded into Busch Stadium on a handsome 72-degree evening hoping to see their beloved St. Louis Cardinals defeat the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

If a runner does not engage in a bona fide slide, and initiates (or attempts to make) contact with the fielder for the goal of breaking up a double play, he should be called for interference under this Rule 6.01. For better or worse, the game has evolved to the point where player safety is among the highest priorities.

He'll match up with Carlos Martinez, just as he did April 2.

Contreras, who had 12 home runs in 2016, hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings. I think we have a tendency to micromanage stuff that we have no business to do.

ROYALS 3, ORIOLES 2 Eric Hosmer delivered another key hit, doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and giving Kansas City a victory over Baltimore.

Predators beat Blues 3-1 in game 3
McLeod poked a rebound behind Allen for his first goal of this postseason, and his third career playoff marker. Ellis has a seven-game point streak, including a goal in three straight games against the Blues.

According to, Happ entered this season as the Cubs' second-best prospect.

His hit put the Cardinals in an early 1-0 deficit.

Two more Cardinal runs scored in the 4th, these on a home run from Jedd Gyorko, and then a single, sac bunt, and another single. It is the largest ever baseball crowd at Busch Stadium III.

Pham, who had a hot road trip but struck out three times Friday, doubled over the head of Cubs center fielder Albert Almora to send home Garcia from first.

The Cardinals and Cubs drew 47,882 fans.

Happ, rated as the top prospect in the Cubs organization, was called up Saturday after injuries to stars Addison Russell and Kris Bryant left holes in the Chicago lineup.