Contreras 2 HRs Help Cubs Stop

Contreras 2 HRs Help Cubs Stop

The Chicago Cubs got exactly what they needed out of Eddie Butler.

The Chicago Cubs got two home runs from Catcher Willson Contreras and edged the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Friday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the division in 2015, but were bounced from the NLDS, by the Cubs, in four games. 'I feel like I have to get a hit here because we've got to cut into the lead.' And it puts players on edge. Following the team's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, neither manager Joe Maddon nor starting pitcher Jon Lester was pleased with the umpiring crew or rule.

With the score 3-1, Martinez started to settle in nicely. He also struck out and walked.

Butler made five minor league starts in 2017, his first season in Chicago's organization. "He was really good". He always struggled with command and his good stuff was not able to bail him out in the big leagues. "I thought he was very, very good and it set the whole game up for us actually". He has a career ERA of 4.24, when facing the Cubs, but will try to improve that, should he get the call Sunday. His record falls to 4-2.

CARDINALS KEY TRENDS: The Cardinals are now 16-5 in their last 21 games after going 6-0 on their most recent road trip.

The Cards vs. Cubs rivalry has become as heated as ever, over the last few years.

NOTES: In addition to his home run, RF Ian Happ reached on an error, walked and struck out in his major league debut for the Cubs.

Before the second inning was finished, Maddon was scratching Jay as well.

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Happ took St Louis ace Carlos Martinez deep in the seventh inning for an estimated 413-foot blast with Albert Almora Jr. on base.

For all of his offensive fireworks, it was his defense that Contreras was more pleased with after the game.

"When you're behind a lot, it does a lot of things that are negatives", he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM: Cubs: INF Addison Russell wasn't scheduled to play for the second consecutive game with a sore right shoulder but pinch hit in the eighth and drew a walk.

BREWERS 7, METS 4 Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth off Matt Harvey, spoiling the choppy return of the NY starter from a three-game suspension in host Milwaukee's victory.

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

Over the first 12 games of the season, the Cardinals played the fourth-place Cubs, the first-place Washington Nationals, the first-place New York Yankees, and the Reds.

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