Nearly 48,000 fans packed into Busch Stadium opening night to watch The Chicago Cubs and ST. Louis Cardinals renew there rivalry. It was a typical game between the two teams which didn’t disappoint fans watching from the stands, couch, or their local watering hole. Both teams combined for 19 hits and 7 runs with zero errors and some late inning magic, which eventually sent the home crowd out of the park pleased with the outcome.
Carlos Martinez making his first opening day start dazzled with 7.1 innings of shut out baseball. He struck out 10, gave up six hits, walked none before being pulled from the game in the eighth inning. Jon Lester made the opening day start for the Cubs his sixth opening day nod of his career. He allowed one run on seven hits, walking two, and striking out seven.
On the offensive side of the ball both clubs squandered scoring chances. The Cubs went one for five with runners in scoring position and for a total left six men on base. Most notable Kris Bryant going 0-4 with three strike out’s and five runners left on base. The bright spot on the night offensively for the Cubs was catcher Wilson Contreras.
Contreras pictured above is celebrating his three run home run in ninth inning off St. Louis closer Seung Hwan Oh. The Cubs catcher had two hits in four at bats with three rbi’s. Newly named lead-off man Kyle Schwarber had two hits in three at bats with a double. The pen for the Cubs saw Carl Edwards Jr work out of a jam and throw a scoreless frame along with Koji Uehara getting the same results. Pedro Strop had a rough outing walking two batters and giving up a two run home run to Randal Grichuk in the eighth inning.
The Cardinals went one for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base. Newly acquired free agent and former Chicago Cub Dexter Fowler went one for four with a walk on the night. He had the lone run for the Cardinals which he score as a result of what will be deemed as sign gate. Javier Baez miss played a ball ball hit right to him, he immediately pointed to the Cubs dugout saying he couldn’t see the ball. Next inning Joe Maddon went to home plate umpire Paul Emmel to have the white Mlb sign in Busch Stadium changed. The sign made it hard for players to pick up the ball and make a play.
After the top of the ninth inning seeing the Cubs tie the game the Cardinals offense went to work on Mike Montgomery, They managed to load the bases on two walks and a hit. Game Hero Randal Grichuk came up with the bases juiced and deposited a Montgomery pitch, past Kyle Schwarber and Jose Martinez easily trotted home scoring the winning run.
- Winning Pitcher Seung Hwan Oh (1-0)
- Blown Save Seung Hwan Oh
- Losing Pitcher Mike Montgomery (0-1)