We’re live blogging the 2017 season opener for the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
Welcome in. About 30 minutes away from the Cubs title defense beginning.
Here is some pregame stuff…
Loudest cheers were for Yadi and Fowler. Plenty of booing for Heyward.
In case you’re wondering what I’m eating…I just took down this pastrami sandwich. Solid option at Busch Stadium. Will probably track down my first hotdog in a few innings.
First pitch is in the books. Here we go.
Schwarber rips a single to right to start the season
After a Bryant strikeout, Rizzo singles to right. Two on, one out.
Zobrist hits into an inning-ending double play. 4-6-3.
Some Opening Day facts: The Cubs have a 76-63-2 Opening Day record. The Cubs last three season openers have resulted in shutouts. The Cubs tonight aim to win consecutive season openers for the first time since a four-year run from 2003-06.
On to the 2nd we go. 0-0.
Loud boos for Heyward as he makes his first plate appearance of 2017.
Cardinals threatening in the 2nd after back to back singles. No outs.
Lester gets the next three batters. To the 3rd we go. 0-0.
Schwarber smacks a double to right. 2/2 on the night.
Bryant strikes out for the second time tonight. Schwarber stranded at second. 0-0. B3.
Fowler with an infield single
Diaz singles up the middle. Gets it past Baez, who was leaning towards second. Runners at the corners. No outs.
After a Carpenter sac fly, it’s 1-0 Cardinals after three.
Three up, three down for the Cubs in the 4th.
On to the 5th. Cards up 1-0. Lester at 81 pitches.
Cardinals are putting on a defensive clinic.
Bryant strikes out again. 3 K’s tonight
That’s it for Lestee. 5 IP, 7H, 1ER, 2BB. 102 pitches. Responsible for two runners.
That was a wild, wild pitch.
Huge 4-6-3 gets the Cubs out of a bases loaded jam. To the 7th we go.
Nothing doing for the Cubs. Cards up 1-0 mid 7th.
Koji Uehara make his Cubs debut
That’s it for Carlos Martinez. Dominate performance. 7.1IP 6H, 0BB, 10SO, 0ER. Cubs trial 1-0. T8.
The Cubs have the bases loaded with two outs. T8. Rizzo up.
Rizzo flies out to right. Cubs still trail 1-0.
And here comes the rain…
Cubs are down to their last three outs. Trail 3-0. T9.
And we have a tied ballgame. Contreras smacks a three run homer. 3-3. T9.
Carpenters bobble led to all of that. Bad play. Cubs capitalized. This team is never out of it. Unbelievable.
Mike Montgomery on to pitch
Jose Martinez doubles to center. Yadi to the dish.
Cardinals have the bases loaded. 2 outs. B9
Walkoff for Grichuk. Cards win 4-3.