Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ St. Louis

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“I thought he was very, very good and it set the whole game up for us actually”.

The Chicago Cubs have promoted their 2015 No. 1 pick Ian Happ on Saturday afternoon.

Wainwright is 2-3 on the season with a 6.37 ERA and has allowed 53 hits in just 35 1/3 innings while also issuing 13 walks.

It might seem like hoping against hope, but manager Joe Maddon keeps sounding an optimistic note about Arrieta eventually looking like his old self. I’m still trying to learn and get better. “I felt like a year ago at the end of the season I got in trouble because I was chasing more and wasn’t doing a good job hitting the fastball”.

Even Joe Maddon – a relentlessly optimistic manager by nature – doesn’t pretend the Cubs expect to ever see that again.

“I think that was probably the closest thing to a spring-training game that we’ve had”, said Gyorko, referring to the abandon on the basepaths that helped St. Louis finish 20-8 in the Grapefruit League. “He kept getting better as the game progressed, I think”. Those fourth-place Cubs are headed to St. Louis for a three-game series starting this evening. Arrieta entered the day with an ERA of 1.71 against the Cardinals but was victimized by a pair of two-run homers. A pair of two-run home runs put the Cardinals up 4-0 through three, and that was the way it stayed until Yadier Molina added his second of the game in the eighth. 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. Taylor Rogers got the first out of the eighth, Matt Belisle finished the inning and Brandon Kintzler pitched a flawless ninth to complete the three-hitter and earn his ninth save in 10 chances. Carpenter’s swing produced a towering 414-foot shot to right center field, his eighth homer of the year.

“He’s good”, Matheny said.

After posting quality starts in his first two turns of the season, which resulted in victories, Arrieta has produced just one in his last five starts. “It was nice to get one against him”. In the past he’s paired a low-90s fastball with a slider and the rare curve or change. “You make a mistake, and every now and then they’re going to make you pay for it”.

Two years ago, Arrieta won the Cy Young Award with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA. Martinez allowed 3 runs, 5 hits and 4 walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 7.

The Cardinals will have to decide if they want to give first baseman Matt Carpenter the day off against his former TCU teammate. Happ’s a rookie (he hit a home run earlier!) but he’ll learn how to bust up a throw without going off the bag.

Chicago trailed 3-1 before scoring four times in the sixth.

The crowd of 47,925 brought the series attendance to just under 141,000. Willson Contreras provided two of those and one hell of a night.

Cabrera’s hit against Brandon Maurer made it 4-3 White Sox. The Cardinals maintained their 3-1 lead and the game moves to the bottom of the 5th. Peralta started rehabbing last week at Class A Palm Beach.

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