ST. LOUIS, MO.– There were plenty of high notes to point out in the series recap for the Cubs. Ian Happ was called up from Iowa days after being taken off the 7-Day DL and selected his contract. They sent down Felix Pena who was called up during the pen’ struggles. Willson Contreras Birthday happened over the series and gave his whole team a gift with 2 bombs and a pick off of Dexter Fowler earning the title “Cardinals Killer”.
Game one finally went the Cubs way with Willy’s two home runs and pick off winning 3-2. Contreras’s home runs were both solo shots which came in the second and fourth innings. Tommy La Stella scored the only other run for the Cubs with a home run of his own. Eddie Butler was called up in relief of Brett Anderson who is on the DL and earned the win. Butler pitched six innings allowing only two hits and no runs while fanning five. His start was unusual in a positive way with Eddie mowing down the Cardinals.
Game two was the debut of Ian Happ who contributed in a big way but the Cubs still fell short 5-3. Happ didn’t homer in his first at bat like Willson Contreras did last season but he managed to hit a home run in the seventh to cut in to the Cardinals lead. The Cubs scored first in the second inning where Jon Lester surprisingly doubled doubled to deep center driving in Javy Baez for the first run. It was all St. Louis from here until the seventh. Jon Lester went for 5.2 innings allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out an impressive nine batters.
Finally, in Game three, the Cubs were blanked 5-0 but Jake Arrieta was happy with his start. “Probably some of the best stuff I’ve featured this year” said Arrieta. He pitched six innings with seven hits and four earned runs while retiring five. Ian Happ started in Right Field again batting second replacing the ill Kris Bryant.
UP NEXT FOR CHICAGO: Cubs have an off-day before traveling back home for a three-game series against Cincinnati. John Lackey and Kyle Hendricks are set to pitch games one and two with game three being unknown. Game three could feature Brett Anderson, Eddie Butler, or Mike Montgomery providing what Joe Maddon is going to do.
ALSO NOTE: Joe Maddon is one win shy of 1000 career wins as a coach and manager.