"Put a couple good swings on mistakes".
Cubs: Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant missed his second game with a stomach flu.
"I have no idea why these rules are a part of our game".
The play occurred with Chicago trailing 3-1.
Butler started in place of the injured Brett Anderson.
It was a judgment call in many respects, but even Cubs manager Joe Maddon agreed afterward that the umpires enforced the rule correctly here. "When you start seeing that perk back up and the called strikes and being able to pitch in the strike zone with misses, that's when you're going to see him really take off". I love it. I actually love it because these guys are good.
"It's vision, it's mechanical, I'm trying to chase less and be more in the zone and when I get a good pitch to hit, I'm trying not to miss it", he said.
Of the 140 runs allowed by the Cardinals this season, just 40 have scored when there have been two outs in the inning; that 28.6 percent is the lowest in the majors.
"That was everything they've talked about that they've tried to eliminate from the game, with going through the bag like nearly a barrel roll".
Kyle Schwarber was the runner at third and Ian Happ, who was making his Major League Baseball debut, was at first with one out when Anthony Rizzo bounced one to Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez. His replacement, outfielder Jon Jay, left in the second inning with back spasms.
Randal Grichuk homered in the St. Louis seventh off Carl Edwards Jr. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina must have agreed with Happ, because he threw the ball to the Cubs' dugout to save it.
The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry typically draws well, and this game drew 47,601, the third-highest total for a regular season game at Busch Stadium.
Braves 8, Marlins 4: Tyler Flowers homered and drove in four runs as Atlanta stopped a six-game losing streak.
"You slide directly over the bag, and there's no chance for the runner to be thrown out at first".
If the call had not been made - and upheld on replay - the Cubs would have had a run because Kyle Schwarber would have come home from third base.
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.
One wonders how Lester and Maddon would feel if it was Addison Russell who had his leg broken by a hard slide two years ago instead of either Kang or Tejada.
Wainwright (3-3) gave up just four hits, walking four and fanning three. That's half the number Arrieta gave up in all of 2016 (he gave up only three home runs in the first two months of last season) and only two fewer than he gave up in 2015.
Although he was not as dominant a year ago, Arrieta still managed an 18-8 record with a 3.10 ERA.
Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (4-1, 2.75) takes on Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 2.80) in the first of a two-game series on Tuesday.
In Friday's game, the Cubs managed to eke out a 3-2 win.
NATIONALS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Washington, Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and doubled in the go-ahead run, Jacob Turner worked four innings of scoreless relief as Washington beat Arizona.