"He blocked a ton of balls in the dirt, and he had that 503 mile-per-hour throw to first for the final out", Cubs manager Joe Maddon grinned. He has four this year, three in St. Louis. Wainwright, a three-time All-Star, is an aging veteran who is looking to rebound after having some injuries that derailed his career. While he is listed as an outfielder and will man right field in Jason Heyward's immediate absence, he played second base in college and has played many positions through the years since being drafted in the first round out of Cincinnati.
NOTES:Kris Bryant was a last-minute scratch from the lineup because of a stomach illness.
"I don't think anyone is taking anything for granted", Maddon said. "I was joking with him in the dugout and he wasn't joking back". I'd still like to see the Cardinals take unfathomable leads off him, but nobody seems able to flawless a strategy because it feels to weird or something. Jon Jay, who took Bryant's spot in the lineup, left the game in the second inning because of back spasms. In 14 career starts, Arrieta is 8-2 with an impressive 1.71 ERA.
The Cubs challenged the ruling, taking issue on the play if whether or not shortstop Aledmys Diaz had kept his foot on second base while Happ slid into him - a necessary element for calling the slide interference.
With the addition of Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals have regained first place, in the NL Central, for now. Regular starter Randal Grichuk received the day off and was replaced by Magneuris Sierra in right field, while Tommy Pham continued to start in place of the injured Stephen Piscotty. "It shortens up some starts that you wish you could allow a guy to work his way in, but when you're in the sixth inning and you're down 3-1 or 5-2, you have to pinch hit there". The loss snaps the Cardinals' six-game winning streak. "It seems like we have them often against young pitchers we haven't seen that much".
The Cubs are 1-5 in their last six during game three of a series, and 0-4 in their last four Sunday games.
In my opinion, Willson Contreras was the player of the game until the last out of the ninth inning.
He'll match up with Carlos Martinez, just as he did April 2.
Hosmer delivered another key hit, doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead the Royals to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City, Missouri. In his last outing at Colorado, he allowed nine runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, the Cubs will go with veteran Jon Lester.