Fowler hoping slide over as Cardinals host Cubs


Fowler hoping slide over as Cardinals host Cubs

His first 100 at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals have resulted in a paltry.170 average, four homers, 14 RBIs and 25 strikeouts.

Fowler's game victor lifted St. Louis to a 4-3 victory over Chicago, doing so in a twice rain-delayed game that appeared to be all but finished when Javier Baez put the Cubs up by a run with his solo home run in the top of the 14th. The Cardinals have lost four of his last five starts, and Weaver has allowed 14 runs over 15 innings in his last three starts and has a career ERA over 13 against the Cubs, and allowed six runs against Chicago in four innings just a couple of weeks ago. That's because Quintana is a left-hander, and they have baffled Fowler in the early going. "We've just got to come back tomorrow and be ready to go".

3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 left on. The right-hander didn't walk a batter for a third straight game on Friday, and he's now allowed only two walks in 40 innings this season.

"My confidence has always been there", Fowler said to The Cardinals bullpen allowed only three hits in 8 2/3 innings. Manager Joe Maddon said the day off for Russell wasn't injury related. We're just not driving the baseball. The Chicago pitching has been sharp for most of the season, recording a 3.48 team ERA, placing them seventh in the Major Leagues. "The pitching, obviously, has been good enough to have a really good streak going on, but we've been void of contact". "I do think this is an anomaly moment". The Cubs, meanwhile, have now lost three games in a row for the first time this season.

Both starting pitchers fared well despite the start-and-stops.

"I guess [the Cubs] didn't want me that bad", said Mikolas, who hasn't allowed a walk in five of six starts since returning to the US on a two-year, $15.5 million deal after three seasons in Japan.

Wong's game-ending home run is the third of his career, his first since a victory over Pittsburgh on May 3, 2015. They were unearned because of shortstop Javy Baez's fumble of Dexter Fowler's grounder to the hole leading off the inning.

Cardinals: St. Louis put catcher Yadier Molina and reliever Dominic Leone on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, recalling Carson Kelly and Mayers from Triple-A Memphis. Miles Mikolas, a righty the Cubs pursued as a free agent before the Cards signed him in December, shut down the Cubs into the eighth inning Friday. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.62 ERA this season. Tommy Pham crushed a three run homer to plate the lone runs for St. Louis in the bottom of the 2nd, but that's all St. Louis would need for the win. The appearance will be the first for the right-hander since being called up from Triple-A Memphis on April 26th, and it comes in place of the injured Adam Wainwright - who will make a rehab start at Double-A Springfield also on Monday night. Butler is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in six games this season.



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