Cardinals beat the Cubs 3-0 to spoil opening night

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CHICAGO - The optimistic 2015 baseball season on the north side opened up at what basically is a half-finished Wrigley Field.

Banners of Ernie Banks covered the beams and construction equipment that sit in the bleachers that still have a long way to go before completion.

It appears the Cubs were the same on the field as well.

Joe Maddon's first game with the Cubs was a dud as they opened the 2015 season with the Cardinals. Cubs' new ace Jon Lester was outdueled by Cardinals' mainstay Adam Wainwright, who overwhelmed the home team's bats in a 3-0 victory on Sunday night.

The 35,505 fans contained within the grandstands saw Wainwright pitch six innings and strikeout six Cubs batters while scattering five hits. Even when he left Chicago could do little to mount a rally as three bullpen pitchers no hit the Cubs in the final three innings.

Meanwhile Lester found himself in a hole early. The second batter of the game Jason Hayward doubled to right and then scored on a single by the next batter Matt Holliday. Matt Carpenter brought another run home in the second inning to make it 2-0.

Holliday had another RBI hit in the fifth before Lester was lifted having allowed three earned runs on eight hits while striking out six batter.

The Cubs offense, which had a number of strong performances toward the end of the spring, got little going against Cardinals pitching. The team only got five hits all night long and just twice got a runner to third before St. Louis' pitching shutdown the threat.

In fact six of the Cubs' final ten batters struck out, including the final three of the game against Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.

By the end of the night the biggest thing shining at Wrigley Field was the left field Jumbotron-the first of it's kind in the 101 year history of the ballpark. It was the only thing that appeared ready at the start of 2015.

 

 

 

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