Willson Contreras did it all in this one.
After another loss in Colorado dropped the Cubs to .500, they won the first game of a three-game set at Busch Stadium to put them back over the break-even mark at 18-17. But they had now dropped to fourth place, ahead of only the Pirates. In the close race they trailed by just 1½ games.
Also, Eddie Butler made his Cubs debut in this one.
Admit it — you expected to see a headline to this recap that read “The Butler Did It” or something similar.
Too obvious, I thought. If Eddie Butler keeps pitching the way he did Friday night — six shutout innings, two hits allowed — maybe I’ll do it, just once.
But Willson Contreras was just as much responsible for the Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals as Butler was, and then he nearly threw the game away in the ninth inning. He had been in a 7-for-46 slump (.152) over the last couple of weeks, but in the second inning, he gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with a solo homer [VIDEO].
That solo shot — crushed!