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Chicago Cubs News: Happ homers in debut; Cubs fall to Cardinals

May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) in the dugout in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) in the dugout in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs Ian Happ homered in his debut, but the Cubs fell short, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

The Chicago Cubs have come up a little lame as of late, so the decision to call up Ian Happ was made. It might not be for long, but he made an impression in his first game. He hit a two-run home run in the seventh–his first career MLB hit–but the Cardinals were too much as the Cubs fell, 5-3. Carlos Martinez picked up the win, knocking in a run to support himself. Jon Lester also drove in a run with a RBI double in the second inning.

While Lester came up short, Jake Arrieta hopes to close out the series with a victory, and he’s the man to do it. Arrieta has made 14 starts against the Cardinals, posting an 8-2 record with a 1.71 ERA. At Busch Stadium he’s 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA. In his only start this season against them he pitched six shutout innings.

For the Cubs, it was unavoidable. Matt Szczur wasn’t getting the at-bats he needed and he was out of options. Once the Cubs started having injuries, it was a foregone conclusion. The Cubs would have to DFA him. They did manage to get a player for him from San Diego, and we wish Matt all the best in his new opportunity.

These and other stories from yesterday you might have missed:

‘Happ homers, but Cubs fall to Cards’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Weekend pitching matchups for Cubs vs. Cards’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Sczcur’s departure from the Cubs was inevitable’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Playing both sides of the rivalry’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Lovable squirrel delays Twins and Indians game’ – Cut4

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