That play and his first multi-homer game of his career more than offset his freakish throwing error with two outs in the ninth that injected some last-minute spice into Chicago's 3-2 victory at sold-out Busch Stadium. Throw in another base hit and a wild pitch from Ramos before getting out of the inning, and it was a 6th frame that was pretty much a house of horrors for the Phillies.
Chicago's number two prospect and 23rd in all of baseball homered against the St Louis Cardinals for his first MLB hit on Saturday. Flowers and Brandon Phillips each hit two-run singles during a six-run burst in the seventh inning that made it 8-1.
"I didn't know he threw that hard", Contreras said of Butler.
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.
"Eddie was really good wasn't he", Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said. Jon Lester (1-1, 3.27) is coming off season-high totals of seven innings and nine strikeouts Sunday night at home against the New York Yankees, although he settled for a no-decision in the Cubs' 5-4, 18-inning loss.
Butler (1-0), who pitched the last three seasons with Colorado and was traded to the Cubs before spring training, gave up two hits. St. Louis wiped out a 4-0 first-inning deficit and used three-run rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to take the lead for good.More news: Jim Hamilton announces his retirement from rugby after final
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Position: Happ has spent time at second base and the outfield this season. He was very good against the Cubs in his only start against them this year.
The Cubs, who allowed eight unearned runs in the previous five games, rank in the middle of the pack in the majors in several defensive metrics, including turning batted balls into outs.
Before that, the Cardinals had put together a couple runs in the fourth, but had been nearly silent since offensively. "Anyone else you want us to let in without a ticket?" tweeted the team that once invited him to lead the seventh-inning stretch. The last match-up between the two teams, 2017 MLB Opening Day, April 2. Cubs held a.284 BA against him. The Cardinals actually scored a run off Davis and had the tying run on second base when pinch hitter Matt Adams (.304 BA, 1 HR, 7 RBI) struck out to end the game. No, not something a player wants to go though, especially to equal two games in one.
Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (1-1, 3.27) starts for Chicago.
In his three seasons with the Rockies, he started 28 of 36 games with a career 6-16/6.50 ERA.
Cubs: Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant missed his second game with a stomach flu.