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A-Team Gets Cubs First Win

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Chicago Cubs headed into Tuesday game ready to bounce back from defending champ jitters. Sunday, Cubs spent most of the game down but in the top of the ninth Wilson Contreras tied things up at three.  Cardinals would ultimately come back to win it off of a two-out Randal Grichuk single in the bottom of that inning. Tuesday night was a different story.

Arrieta and Adam Wainwright were blanking each others teams in the box score until the fourth inning. Things got rolling when Addison Russell doubled and Wilson Contreras drew a walk which brought up Jason Heyward. Heyward hit a bloop single over the backwards running Aldemys Diaz for an RBI single that put the Cubs up.

Javier Baez dropped a sacrifice bunt that scored Contreras from third and  advanced Heyward to second and was called safe at first. That would be all the offense for the Cubs.

Kolton Wong would hit a soft single toward Baez in the bottom of the fifth for the Cards. Baez missed the barehanded catch which allowed  Stephen Piscotty to score. Wong would then head toward second on a throwing error from Baez.

The game was rather quiet besides one moment in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the Cubs heading into the bottom the of that inning with a slim 2-1 lead. Matt Adams stepped into the box with a one out, 2-1 count and launched a ball to straight away center. Albert Almora Jr. chased down the ball and then made a leaping snag to preserve his teams lead. The Cubs saw how valuable he can be on the field and the amount of ground he can cover during Spring Training which was how earned his roster spot.

“I thought it was deep gone,” Almora said.

Pitching:

Jake Arrieta was sharp and at the top of his game during the night. He experienced some trouble during the the sixth inning when he had a bases loaded jam. Arrieta would eventually get Grichuk to pop up to Russell at shortstop. Arrieta went six inning, allowing 1 run (unearned) and striking out six Cardinals.

Cubs bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to secure the win.

Quote:

“I told her, ‘I didn’t hit you one, but I robbed you one,’ ” Almora said after the game. His mothers birthday was Monday and had made promise of hitting a home run but made a big defensive stop instead.

 Next Game:

Chicago Cubs finish their opening series with at 12:45 p.m. Central start at St. Louis Cardinal Thursday afternoon.