Jon Lester and the Cubs are angry about MLB's 'damn slide rule'

Sunday, 14 May, 2017

University of Cincinnati graduate and Chicago Cubs 2015 first-round draft pick Ian Happ had a smashing debut Saturday, drilling a two-run homer in a 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Game two is today at 3:05 with Jon Lester going against Carlos Martinez.

"It feels good coming in here and helping the guys win", Butler said. "We had a good plan". "It was good to put a little pressure on him and steal a couple of runs".

Cubs: Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant missed his second game with a stomach flu. He's already been ruled out for Saturday's game.

The Cardinals dropped their Friday night opener to the Cubs 3-2 as the visitors launched three solo shots, two from catcher Willson Contreras.

Butler started in place of the injured Brett Anderson.

Anthony Rizzo hit ball back to Martinez, who underhanded the ball to shortstop Aledmys Diaz for the force.

ASTROS-YANKEES: The Houston Astros game at the New York Yankees on Saturday has been postponed because of inclement weather. "He was really good". How long is he going to stay?

If he gets the milestone win on Sunday, he would became the eighth active manager in the 1,000-win club.

"He's an incredible player", Duensing said. He's gotten roughly a year's worth of starts in the majors and performed very poorly.

Cardinals starter Mike Leake continued to pitch well, but was victim to Contreras's homers. 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.

Oh, after a slow start to the season, has not allowed an earned run in his past 12 games and 13 innings. He hit.383 with five home runs in the Cactus League and carried that over to the start of his Triple-A season.

In the fifth inning, Happ was called out for interference on a hard slide into second base.

His RBI single in the fourth inning followed a homer by Jedd Gyorko, his seventh of the season, which gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. They're also 2-5 in their last seven road games and 2-5 in their last seven games when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game.

TWINS 1, INDIANS 0 Ervin Santana allowed two hits in seven innings, Miguel Sano homered and Minnesota beat host Cleveland in the first shutout against the Indians this season. St. Louis went on to win 5-3, although Happ did hit his first career Major League Baseball home run later in the contest.

Cardinals: Michael Wacha was supposed to start but was pushed back until next week.

WHITE SOX 5, PADRES 4 Yolmer Sanchez singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to score Tyler Saladino and give Chicago a victory over visiting San Diego.