The Midwest League All-Star game turned into an offensive bonanza and Cubs’ prospects had their fingerprints all over the East’s 11-10 comeback win.
Close races remain in the National League at catcher, second base, third base and shortstop nearing the final week of voting in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, as fans decide starters for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego.
The education of catcher Willson Contreras continued on Tuesday night. The Cubs prospect made his second big league start as the team eases him into what they hope will be a regular job.
Chicago placed left-handed reliever Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger, and righty Adam Warren was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Spencer Patton and Gerardo Concepcion were both promoted to the Majors.
It was payback time for the Cardinals. After losing four of six games at Busch Stadium to the Cubs, the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright spoiled the party in front of 41,616 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory.
Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs in the series finale against the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, looking to build off his latest strong outing. Michael Wacha will start for St. Louis, looking to end a career-high string of seven losses.
Adam Wainwright will try to keep the Cardinals’ string of solid starts going on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, one of the veteran right-hander’s favorite places to pitch. The first-place Cubs counter with right-hander Jason Hammel, who is 2-0 against St. Louis this season.
Willson Contreras said he wasn’t nervous before his first Major League start. After all, he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat the night before as a pinch-hitter.
After losing five in a row at home, the Cardinals got back on track on the road against the division-rival Cubs. Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta hit solo home runs to back Jaime Garcia and lift St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Monday night.
Joe Maddon likes aggressive play, and the Cubs manager backed Albert Almora Jr.’s decision to try to advance in the ninth inning on Monday, although the rookie outfielder felt as if he’d cost the team the game in the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field.
In 2010, the defensive shift was employed 2,400 times in the big leagues. In 2015, that number skyrocketed to more than 18,000. But Joe Maddon, now in his second season with the Cubs, is no longer leading the charge.
The Cubs on Monday placed Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list after the center fielder left Saturday’s 4-3 win against the Pirates with right hamstring discomfort. Chicago recalled right-hander C.J. Edwards — its No. 16 prospect — from Triple-A Iowa.