Yadier Molina, C: He launched two homers and drove in three runs in four at bats in the 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, in just the third multi-homer game of his career. The game was played before 47,882 fans, the largest gathering in the ballpark's history.
Chicago played without NL MVP Kris Bryant, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus.
The Cubs' first run in the inning came on an RBI single to left by Jason Heyward on a 3-0 pitch from Eickhoff.
"It would be great to have that occur", Maddon said. When he finally caught on, Myers threw the ball to the backstop. They're inexperienced. They're going look bad sometimes. I'm not expecting that, but more like what we had seen a year ago, a lot more consistency in his velocity. I think that the talent we have here will correct itself and start to turn itself around. Hate is not a word I use very often, but it really describes my feelings on this rule.
Willson Contreras connected twice for his first career multihomer game, Eddie Butler threw six scoreless innings in his season debut and the Chicago Cubs beat St. Louis 3-2 Friday, ending the Cardinals' six-game winning streak.
"I had a little adrenaline going, first one out there", Butler said.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cardinals were credited with a 1-6-3 double play after umpires ruled Happ slid past the base and into Diaz.
The Cardinals (21-15) upped their lead to 4-0 in the third when Matt Carpenter launched his eighth homer of the season, a towering two-run blast to right-center field with Kolten Wong aboard after he was hit by an 0-2 pitch.
"We should eliminate the headfirst slide", he added.
"Don't give me hyperbole and office-created rules about reaching the bag". The rule was meant to be for guys doing dirty slides, sliding late, taking guys out. "There was nothing wrong with that slide whatsoever". I told him in the dugout, I said "next time, you do the exact same thing".
Happ explained his side of it. "I can not disagree more with the spirit of the rule". "It's unfortunate, but that's what happened".
But Maddon, continuing to seize the moment, sarcastically revealed some proposals to make baseball safer.
The play ended the inning and kept Schwarber's run from counting. "That's where I'm hung up, man".
"For us to be in the position that we're in right now while they're not at the top of their game, I kind of like it, actually, because they're going to be there". That had a tremendous impact on today's game where outs are rewarded based on a fabricated rule.
As a senior at UC, Happ was named the 2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and finished the season as the league leader in batting average (.369), slugging percentage (.672), on-base percentage (.492), total bases (133) and walks (46). If they're giving it to you, take it.
It might seem like hoping against hope, but manager Joe Maddon keeps sounding an optimistic note about Arrieta eventually looking like his old self. There was no malicious intent whatsoever.
"I think face masks should be mandatory for all hitters".