St Louis host the opening series of the top three rivalries in the MLB. John Lackey vs Mike Leake. Hot hitting Dexter Fowler opens the game with a double to center. Leake would hit Anthony Rizzo but would get out the inning. Lester would open up his start at Busch Field with a walk to Matt Carpenter. This pitchers duel would last through the end of five.
Dexter Fowler would lead off with his third home run of the season to center but Leake would get the next three batters out in a row. Lackey would have another 1-2-3 inning. The top of the seventh both Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero would single. Jorge Soler would send a screamer to shortstop Aledmys Diaz, he would not have enough time for the double play but send a horrible throw to first rolling into the cameras dug out, Bryant would score, Montero would be forced to stop at third with Soler at second. Addison Russell send a high fly ball to center scoring Miguel. Lackey would single scoring Matt Szczur who came in to pinch run for Soler. Leake would get out of the inning. Lackey would give up a single to Yadier Molina, who would advance to second on a wild pitch but would get out of the inning.
Tyler Lyons would replace Leake in the top of the eighth who would give up a double to Ben Zobrist who would end up at third on a fly out by Rizzo and would score on a single by Kris Bryant. Miguel Montero would ground into a challengable tag at first. After the review, he would still be out. Cubs up 5-0.
Travis Wood came into the eighth and would strikeout Jedd Gyorko. Matt Carpenter would double and he would get Jeremy Hazelbaker to strikeout. Pedro Strop would come in to end the eighth. Tyler Lyons would come into the top of the ninth give up a bloop hit to second by Javier Baez but would get Fowler to fly out. Trevor Cahil would enter the ninth striking out Brandon Moss. Then Stephen Piscotty would ground out to Kris Bryant. With two men out, Yadier Molina would step into the box on a 3-2 count, he would walk on a change up. Matt Adams would end the game with a deep fly to center.
Cubs take the first of the series for the season. John Lackey would show a great performance improving to 3-0. He would only give up four hits with one walk and 11 K’s.
Today on The Podcast I predicted the Cardinals would open up with the win but I’m glad I was wrong. This was a pitchers duel despite the home run by Fowler but it was the Cardinals youth that would throw this game for them. At this point in time, the tables have turned and maybe now we’ll see the Cubs dominate the Cardinals.