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

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"Probably some of the best stuff I've featured this year".

Contreras, who had 12 home runs in 2016, hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings. Chicago has now won six of its last eight road games in this series. "I'm happy to see him back pitching that way, because, of course, we're going to need him". They will take advantage of little mistakes we make.

"Baseball has been played for over 100 years the exact same way, and now we're trying to change everything and make it soft". "Put a couple good swings on mistakes". 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. You can't complain about it now Eddie only let up two hits and didn't allow a Cardinal to get past second base. He has a career slash line of.275/.362/.472 in the minor leagues, with 33 home runs and 28 stolen bases on top of that. Pham singled Molina home after Greg Garcia's sacrifice bunt. Fireworks erupted in the second inning after Yadier Molina drilled Arrieta's first-pitch fastball 410 feet into the left-field seats for a two-run homer and flipped his bat away with one hand.

"If there's not a fabricated method to prevent a run from being scored based on interoffice politics, then the game would have been a one-run game", he said. "Get a big lead and run". Kyle Schwarber, who was at third base, crossed the plate as Happ made a ideal slide but ended up a few feet past second base while shortstop Aledmys Diaz ate the ball after taking the throw from Martinez. "There's a time to go, and there's a time not to go". "Right now, it seems like the mistakes I'm making, they're not fouling them off or taking or swinging and missing".

Also, I'm looking for you best Mom/Sports story in honor of Mother's Day. RHP Bronson Arroyo (3-2, 5.94) will start for the Reds.

The Cubs challenged the ruling on the field, which was confirmed.

"I didn't know he threw that hard", Contreras said of Butler.

He later got the ball back from a fan.

CARDINALS KEY TRENDS: The Cardinals are now 16-5 in their last 21 games after going 6-0 on their most recent road trip. "Fortunately, nobody was hurt, and that call definitely shut down some momentum". "An aggressive play", he said. I guess that's the rule. If you can't hold onto the bag, that's interference.

Happ likely will be needed for only a few days, but manager Joe Maddon wouldn't commit to a timeline, as he has several players banged up because of various ailments.

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. It's created under the umbrella of safety. It cost the Cubs two outs - Anthony Rizzo was called out at first - and the inning. Threre was nothing aggregiously risky on the part of our runner. I'm not into office-created rules. And there was no malicious intent there, whatsoever. No one is starting to panic just yet in Chi-town but the restless fidgeting has begun. But I'm over the rule. Only 10 of those games were starts, though, and on opening day this year, Carlos gave the Cubs all they could handle. He struck out three and walked four. He has nine saves in that stretch.

"He's been so good all season long", Mike Matheny said.