St Louis Cardinals Win Game 1 Against Cubs 4-0


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The Cardinals Proved to Chicago who the real captain is.

The St Louis Cardinals pulled off a very important game one victory against Chicago on Friday night winning 4-0. The Cardinals used the same tools that have allowed them to win all season. Help from some great pitching, and offensive support for rookies.

The St Louis Cardinals got going early in the first inning with a single by Matt Holliday after Stephen Piscotty doubled in the first. After that, the pitchers would settle in. Cubs pitcher John Lester would pitch 7.1 innings and would give up three earned runs on the night. Lester started out hot early, but as he grew tired late in the game, the Cardinals took advantage. Cardinals pitcher John Lackey also settled in, pitching 7.1 innings also, but only allowing two hits all night.

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John Lackey would be pulled in the eighth inning after getting the first batter out. This resulted in boos from the crowd. One would have to assume that Manager Mike Matheny was just playing it safe to not spoil the one run lead, but it’s still unfortunate for John Lackey giving he was pitching a shut out.

After the seventh inning, the Cardinals had only outhit the Cubs 4-2, resulting in a post-season pitchers dual just the way fans like it. In the eighth inning, the Cardinals would get some offensive help in the form of a solo home run by Tommy Pham. Then a couple of batters later, Stephen Piscotty would join the home run parade as well, going deep and making it a 4-0 ball game.

Oct 9, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Thomas Pham (60) waves to the crowd after hitting a homer during the eighth inning of game one of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

In some other positive news, Cardinals Catcher Yadier Molina returned to the line-up for the first time since September 20th after suffering a ligament tear in his right thumb, he was rewarded with a huge chant of cheers from the St Louis crowd. The only downside to Molina was his lack of ability to swing the bat. It was obvious that Molina cannot grip the bat very well at all, but his defense is important enough to sacrifice a bat from the line-up.

The Cardinals will play game two on Saturday where Jaime Garcia will start for St Louis.

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