Butler shined Friday night, pitching six scoreless innings in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals, showing the Cubs' faith in him from the spring was worth it.
Like most fourth-place teams, the Cubs aren't afraid of giving minor leaguers a shot. But after Edwards walked Greg Garcia and Dexter Fowler with two outs, Contreras nipped the promising rally in the bud by picking Fowler off first. It gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead that quickly vanished.
Though one Cubs' hitter, Anthony Rizzo, has owned Mike Leake, with a.375 average, with four doubles, and two home runs, he has done an exceptional job of getting weak contact, and keeping the ball in the park, this season. Martinez was removed after the blast. In 20 career games, he's 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA. He's hit 13 homers, driven in 28 runs and is batting.317 even though he was expected by some to spend most of 2017 in the minors.
Following their loss on Saturday, the Cubs have now fallen to 18-18 on the season and will have Jake Arrieta on the mound Sunday in a rubber match. Happ was thrown right to the wolves too.
Chicago starter Eddie Butler (1-0) worked six innings, allowing only two hits, walked three and struck out five. "He's a strike-thrower".
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is not one to hold his tongue.
But with the 25-year-old Judge, a 6-7, 280-pound outfielder out of Fresno State, the Yankees do seem to have new energy.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 2: Clayton Kershaw pitched his way out of trouble time after time over seven solid innings, Chase Utley had a two-run triple as part of a five-run second and Los Angeles beat NL West-leading Colorado.
The play in question happened during the fifth inning.
Tommy La Stella also homered for the Cubs. It is likely they will go with Carlos Martinez, who would be on normal rest. Happ will bat second and play right field. As a result, Rizzo was ruled out at first the inning came to an end.
Happ, 22, is rated by MLB.com as the Cubs' No 2 prospect and 23rd in all of baseball. Umpires reviewed and confirmed the call on the field, finishing the frame for good.
The added frustration for the Cubs was that there wasn't going to be a play at first base regardless, but their disdain for the rule most certainly predated Saturday based on Maddon's comments after the game.
Cardinals third baseman Jedd Gyorko has been a surprise in the cleanup spot so far this season. The Cardinals mounted a ninth inning comeback against Cubs closer Wade Davis.style="text-align: center;"