Contreras 2 HRs, Butler 6 scoreless, Cubs stop Cardinals 3-2

Taylor Byrd
May 23, 2017

A crowd of 47,925 attended the contest, the largest crowd in the history of Busch Stadium III.

Happ, a switch-hitting infield/outfield hybrid, was called up Saturday from Class AAA Iowa because a series of minor injuries - and Kris Bryant's stomach bug - sidelined a couple of lineup regulars. Pham walked in the third, stole second, went to third on catcher Willson Contreras' throwing error and scored on pitcher Carlos Martinez's bunt single that made it 1-1. There's still plenty this team is doing right, but there are also adjustments that need to be made, as Randy Holt noted yesterday.

"It would be great to have that occur", Maddon said. They're inexperienced. They're going look bad sometimes. "What you saw today was not a surprise to any of us". Chasing pitches over our head, in the dirt.

"The fans are the ones who make those games more intense, because they have good fans like us", reliever Pedro Strop said. But I'm happy with what's going on.

Maddon should be pretty familiar with why these rules are part of the game, as he was managing in one of the 2015 games that led to the 2016 rule-when his player, Chris Coghlan, took out Jung Ho Kang with a slide that broke his leg and tore his MCL.

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and starting pitcher Jon Lester criticized Major League Baseball's slide rule after Ian Happ was called for an illegal slide at second base vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in his first MLB game Saturday.

"I had a little adrenaline going, first one out there", Butler said.

The Cubs almost took away that momentum, but a freakish play at second base kept them from scoring a run in the fifth inning.

Maddon also raised a pretty good point - Happ's slide was safe although he went off the bag while the Cardinals managed to put a very hard slide into the Cubs earlier that was "legal" under the rules but was clearly more unsafe to the shortstop on the play. Don't tell me the middle infielder was protected and don't tell me a middle infielder was in danger right there.

Hosmer delivered another key hit, doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead the Royals to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City, Missouri. "There was nothing malicious about that slide". Martinez threw to second for the force out, and Happ's slide prevented the throw to first to complete the double play. Everything was sharp. That was the best I've seen you so far the whole year'. There's nothing wrong with that slide - whatsoever. This game was meant to be played a certain way.

Happ, a native of Pittsburgh, was on a 10-for-20 tear in his last five games.

"It's special, every time you have your family and your mama here", Molina said. Although he threw just 56 of 102 pitches for strikes, Wainwright induced 12 outs off grounders, including double play balls after the leadoff man reached in the third and fourth innings.

Happ explained his side of it. It was a late slide and he didn't keep his hand on the bag.

The rule, introduced last season, is created to stop takeout slides that can seriously injure a middle infielder.

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