Same ol' Cubbies. Same old
At least for one game.
threw six sharp innings to outpitch
, and St. Louis handed new Chicago manager
a 3-0 loss Sunday night in the major league opener.
had three hits in his St. Louis debut and
drove in two runs for the
champions. Throw in
's two hits at new-look
, and the top third of the Cardinals' lineup went 7 for 14 with three RBIs.
Playing their most anticipated opener in years, the
went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
Lester was pulled with one out in the fifth inning on a chilly evening. The ace left-hander, who got a $155 million, six-year contract from Chicago during free agency, allowed three runs and eight hits in his fifth straight opening day start.
The addition of Lester and Maddon ramped up the expectations for Chicago after five straight losing seasons. But it was more of the same in their first game.
The biggest difference for the home team was a giant videoboard in left field, part of a major renovation for the iconic neighborhood ballpark. The closed bleachers were covered by pictures of Hall of Fame slugger
, who played for Chicago for 19 seasons and died in January at age 83.
The Cubs honored Banks with a pregame moment of silence, and his sons Jerry and Joey Banks each threw out a ceremonial first pitch. The club also extended its condolences to the Cardinals for
, an outfield prospect who died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic last October.
Heyward got the majors' first hit of the season when he doubled and scored on Holliday's single in the first. Holliday had another RBI single in the fifth.
It was more than enough for Wainwright, who was slowed by an abdominal injury early in
Carlos Martinez, who won the fifth starter job in training camp, then worked the seventh for St. Louis.
The shutout was sure to have some Cubs fans clamoring for