Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-3 in his debut with the Chicago Cubs, supplying the lone hit in his new team’s 8-0 loss Thursday to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Castellanos, who wore No. 6 because of his son’s 6th birthday and in honor of Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline who served as a mentor, started in right field and batted second for Chicago. He singled sharply to right field in the sixth off Cardinals' starter Jack Flaherty, which prevented the Cubs from being no-hit.
He walked in the first, struck out swinging in the fourth and lined out to third in the ninth in his other plate appearances.
Castellanos was dealt to the Cubs on Wednesday, just minutes before the 4 p.m. trade deadline in exchange for pitching prospects Paul Richan and Alex Lange.
Flaherty struck out nine in seven strong innings and Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer as the Cardinals won two games in the three-game set to claim first in the division, a game ahead of Chicago. The Cubs have lost four of six overall and 11 of their last 16 on the road.
Flaherty (5-6) allowed just one hit and walked two in recording his first win since May 14, a span of 79 days and 12 starts.