With tonight’s win, the Chicago Cubs are the first team to reach ten wins. Pitching, power, and defense brought this Cubs team to victory in their first match-up against Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals.
It was a strong duel between Lackey and Leake for most of the game. It was not until the sixth inning that the first run was scored. Dexter Fowler hit a line drive home run to center field to put the Cubbies ahead.
Leake followed that up by giving up 3 runs in the seventh. The Cubs were able to capitalize on a throwing error by Aledmys Diaz. It allowed Soler to reach base and Kris Bryant to score. Miguel Montero head to third on that same throw. Montero would later score on a sac-fly to center from Addison Russell.
The scoring did not stop there. John Lackey decided he was bored out pitching his competition and decided that he should out hit him as well. Lackey hit a line drive RBI-single to left field.
Dexter Fowler was 2 for 4 tonight with a home run. Kris Bryant looked solid at the plate going 2 for 4 also with a run and RBI.
John Lackey moved to 3-0 on the season. He pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 11 Cardinal batters. Tonight, Lackey surpassed 2,500 innings pitched in his career.
Jason Heyward played his first game in front of the St. Louis crowd after spending the 2015 season there. The crowd was mixed between mad fans and those who just did not mind the situation. Heyward didn’t perform like he hoped for. He went 0 for 4, striking out once. John Lackey showed the Cardinals what they were missing and shined against his former team.
“Got a good pitch to hit and did something with it.” – Fowler on his home run off Mike Leake.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 0.