The Cubs take on the Padres tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN+ and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.
Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 8:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.
The starting pitching matchup: Eddie Butler (2-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Dinelson Lamet (1-0. 1.80 ERA)
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ST. LOUIS — Cubs nation can breathe a sigh of relief for now.
The team announced Javy Baez has a left elbow contusion after taking a 90 mph fastball off it in the third inning of Sunday night's game. Baez will still undergo X-rays to be sure there is nothing more sinister at play, but for now, it looks as if he has avoided serious injury.
Still, this is not what the Cubs wanted to see.
The Cubs entered play Sunday night having gone 24-12 since getting swept out of St. Louis in the first weekend of May. They were feeling good about themselves, starting to get their mojo back and playing more like the team everybody expected.
And then Baez took a fastball off the left elbow.
After a couple minute delay, Baez was led off the field and Addison Russell came in off the bench to replace him at first base.
The 25-year-old was in the midst of a breakout season for the Cubs, sitting 5th in the National League with 46 RBI and on pace for a near 30-30 seaosn (33 homers, 29 stolen bases).
He had slowed a bit (.175 average, .502 OPS in June) but still gives the Cubs so much energy and versatility on a daily basis with his ability to move around the infield and lineup.
If the Cubs are going to be without Baez for any length of time, it could be a huge blow to a team that was just hitting its stride.
ST. LOUIS — The game was over and Yadier Molina knew it.
As Ian Happ turned on Sam Tuivailala's two-strike pitch in the 7th inning, Molina crumbled to the ground in defeat.
Happ's two-out double gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead they did not relinquish in a 6-3 victory Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
The Cubs had to claw back all night against the Cardinals, fighting to tie the game at two separate spots before Happ's breakthrough off Tuivailala.
Molina couldn't contain his disappointment:
Molina is a common target of ire from Cubs fans in the heated rivalry with the Cardinals, so you can bet his #SadFace led to some glee in the Chicago fanbase (just look at the comments on that Tweet):
The 35-year-old catcher just returned recently from a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list when he took a foul tip off a Kris Bryant swing to the groin on Jordan Hicks' 102 mph pitch the last time the Cubs were in town.
Molina has drawn 3 walks and has a single in this weekend's series with the Cubs, but he also committed a miscue in Friday's game, when he threw wild to first base on Jon Lester's squeeze bunt.
The Cubs are now 24-12 since they were swept in St. Louis on the first weekend of May.