Piscotty agrees to $33.5 million, 6-year with Cardinals

by Steven Clarke April 14, 2017, 1:16
Piscotty agrees to $33.5 million, 6-year with Cardinals

Oh then came in and hit Schwarber with a pitch, loading the bases as it started to rain.

While the leaping grab was certainly one for Almora's ever-growing defensive highlight reel, it actually wound up coming in handy late in the game as the Cubs secured a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Next Level: Jake Arrieta is a free agent after this season, and as such whether or not he can pitch more like the 2015 Jake Arrieta than the 2016 Jake Arrieta will determine to what extent teams want to open the checkbook for him. He owns a 21 percent K-rate at the major league level.

Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000. Center fielder Albert Almora denied a potential tying homer from Matt Adams in the seventh inning, getting to the wall just to the left of the 402-foot sign and sticking his glove above the barrier to haul in Adams' towering fly.

"I'm just glad that we got it done because this is the right place to be", he said. "That catch was a game-saver".

Miguel Sano homered and drew the third bases-loaded walk for Minnesota during a terrible seventh inning for Kansas City's bullpen as the Ervin Santana and the Twins beat the Royals 7-1 on Monday for their first opening victory in nine years.

"What he does at second is different", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Baez. He's such, he's a really good baseball player and I understand why they gave him the contract.

ASTROS 2, MARINERS 1: At Houston, Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez homered to back a solid start by Lance McCullers.

St. Louis had a runner on first in the ninth when Baez went into short right field to take a hit away from Wong.

Finally, when second baseman Javy Baez overran a softly hit grounder on the infield, Piscotty headed home. He eventually walked off the field.

Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty was a little shaken, but perfectly fine Wednesday when he arrived at Busch Stadium, and is cleared to play in Thursday's makeup game against the Chicago Cubs. He left the game to undergo concussion protocol and will be tested again on Wednesday as he waits clearance to return to the diamond. Arrieta's finished with a line of six innings pitched, allowing one run, six strikeouts, and two walks on ninety pitches. Fortunately for the Cubs Arrieta was able to get Grichuk to pop out to end the threat.

It's taken Almora two games to show off his defensive prowess, so the rest of the season should be a treat.

St. Louis hopes to have its right fielder back in the lineup when the series resumes Thursday. He then stole second and paid for it, struck on the other arm on a throw from catcher Wilson Contreras.

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