Martinez and Cards Best Lester and Cubs

Jay Jacobs
May 14, 2017

The two-run home run was Happ's first career homer and his first major league hit, as it cut the Cardinals' lead to 5-3. Eddie Butler (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) threw six shutout innings in his first start for the Cubs after entering the game with a career record of 6-16.

A day off, Chicago Cubs travel from the Colorado Rockies to St. Louis.

Pena made two relief appearances.

"I don't know what's going on in this ballpark", he said, "but I'm seeing the ball well here".

Neither Cubs manager Joe Maddon nor general manager Jed Hoyer is measuring the Cubs season by any artificial milepost, whether it be Mother's Day or Memorial Day.

The Cardinals (19-14/.576) now hold first place in the NL Central, returning home with a six game winning streak. The home team went out in front 2-1 thanks to Jedd Gyorko's seventh home run of the season, and Yadier Molina came around to score on a Pham single a few batters later.

Chicago Cubs lock horns with St.Louis Cardinals in the first of the three-game series tonight. While with the Cubs Iowa-AAA team, he is 1-0 in five games, holds a 1.17 ERA in 30.2 IP.

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Position: Happ has spent time at second base and the outfield this season.

The rotation has been an issue for the Cubs at the start of the season.

Before that, the Cardinals had put together a couple runs in the fourth, but had been nearly silent since offensively. He faced 23 batters and struck out five of them for a 21 percent strikeout rate, often by elevating his fastball when ahead in the count, a strategy that would seem effective as his four-seamer touched 96.8 miles per hour in the 1st inning.

Beginning an eight-game homestand, the Cardinals will send Right-hander Mike Leake to take the pitch in the series opener with the Cubs on Friday. Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, and Addison Russell have struggled while Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist have played below expectations. It is likely they will go with Carlos Martinez, who would be on normal rest.

Tommy La Stella also homered for the Cubs. It is likely that this is a short stay, seeing as how he would attain Super-Two status despite not being able to pay due to a log-jam on the Cubs roster. "I'm over this damn slide rule", said Cubs starter Jon Lester. NL MVP Kris Bryant missed his second game Saturday against the Cardinals with stomach flu.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 6.37) will reach 328 career games and pass Ken Dayley for 12th on the Cardinals career list, one behind Al Hrabosky.

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