Live blog: Cubs Opening Night 2017

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We’re live blogging the 2017 season opener for the World Champion Chicago Cubs.

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Welcome in. About 30 minutes away from the Cubs title defense beginning.

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Here is some pregame stuff…

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Loudest cheers were for Yadi and Fowler. Plenty of booing for Heyward.

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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.

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First pitch is in the books. Here we go.

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Schwarber rips a single to right to start the season

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After a Bryant strikeout, Rizzo singles to right. Two on, one out.

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Zobrist hits into an inning-ending double play. 4-6-3.

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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. 

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On to the 2nd we go. 0-0.

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Loud boos for Heyward as he makes his first plate appearance of 2017.

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Cardinals threatening in the 2nd after back to back singles. No outs.

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Lester gets the next three batters. To the 3rd we go. 0-0.

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Schwarber smacks a double to right. 2/2 on the night.

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Bryant strikes out for the second time tonight. Schwarber stranded at second. 0-0. B3.

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Fowler with an infield single

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Diaz singles up the middle. Gets it past Baez, who was leaning towards second. Runners at the corners. No outs. 

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After a Carpenter sac fly, it’s 1-0 Cardinals after three.

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Three up, three down for the Cubs in the 4th.

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On to the 5th. Cards up 1-0. Lester at 81 pitches. 

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Cardinals are putting on a defensive clinic. 

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Bryant strikes out again. 3 K’s tonight

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That’s it for Lestee. 5 IP, 7H, 1ER, 2BB. 102 pitches. Responsible for two runners. 

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That was a wild, wild pitch. 

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Huge 4-6-3 gets the Cubs out of a bases loaded jam. To the 7th we go. 

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Nothing doing for the Cubs. Cards up 1-0 mid 7th.

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Koji Uehara make his Cubs debut

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That’s it for Carlos Martinez. Dominate performance. 7.1IP 6H, 0BB, 10SO, 0ER. Cubs trial 1-0. T8.

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The Cubs have the bases loaded with two outs. T8. Rizzo up. 

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Rizzo flies out to right. Cubs still trail 1-0. 

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And here comes the rain…

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Cubs are down to their last three outs. Trail 3-0. T9. 

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And we have a tied ballgame. Contreras smacks a three run homer. 3-3. T9. 

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Carpenters bobble led to all of that. Bad play.  Cubs capitalized.  This team is never out of it. Unbelievable.  

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Mike Montgomery on to pitch

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Jose Martinez doubles to center. Yadi to the dish. 

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Cardinals have the bases loaded. 2 outs. B9

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Walkoff for Grichuk. Cards win 4-3.