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: Cubs Visit Cardinals To Open 3 Game Set

: Cubs Visit Cardinals To Open 3 Game Set

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon sounded off on his opinion of the new slide rule at second base following the Cubs' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

The team's first round pick in the 2015 draft was selected mostly for his bat.

PADRES 6, WHITE SOX 3 Austin Hedges homered and drove in three runs with two out, and San Diego handed Chicago its sixth consecutive loss.

Arrieta allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings, walking one and striking out five, but absorbed his second straight defeat as the Cubs fell to 18-19.

BRAVES 3, MARLINS 1: Julio Teheran allowed three hits over six scoreless innings and Atlanta beat the Marlins at Miami.

Maddon also raised a pretty good point - Happ's slide was safe although he went off the bag while the Cardinals managed to put a very hard slide into the Cubs earlier that was "legal" under the rules but was clearly more risky to the shortstop on the play. He was hitting.298 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs before getting called up. Considering his couple shorter outings (including his last start in Colorado, a 3 2/3-inning start), Arrieta was relatively efficient in six innings, throwing 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, and Addison Russell have struggled while Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist have played below expectations.

"I'm over it", said Cubs starting and losing pitcher Jon Lester (1-2), who worked 5 1⁄3 innings and gave up 6 hits and 4 runs, 3 earned.

ROYALS 3, ORIOLES 2 Eric Hosmer delivered another key hit, doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and giving Kansas City a victory over Baltimore. The rule does not belong in the game.

Pena made two relief appearances. He hit a home run in his debut Saturday, then doubled and had an infield single Sunday.

"I have no idea why these rules are part of our game". Pham singled Molina home after Greg Garcia's sacrifice bunt.

It might seem like hoping against hope, but manager Joe Maddon keeps sounding an optimistic note about Arrieta eventually looking like his old self. With his next win, he will be the eighth active manager to reach 1,000 wins, joining Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker, Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter, Terry Francona, Clint Hurdle and Net Yost.

The Cardinals did all their damage against Arrieta with those two swings and the Cubs are a team playing without much margin for error right now. The game was played before 47,882 fans, the largest gathering in the ballpark's history.

It's likely Kris Bryant will be able to play for the Cubs after missing the first two games of the series because of a stomach illness.

The Cardinals (20-15), whose six-game winning streak was halted Friday, have won seven of eight and are back to a season-high five games over.500.

For Sunday's game, the Cubs will be rolling with RHP Jake Arrieta. A look at the standings shows them ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds by one game, the third-place Milwaukee Brewers by two games, and the fourth-place Chicago Cubs by two-and-a-half games.

"His last four starts, including in the big leagues, have been mirror images", Maddon said.

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