Game 2 Recap: Cubs 2 Cardinals 1

During Tuesday evening's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs' outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. made a leaping catch in center field that will most likely be replayed repeatedly throughout the 2017 season.

In their first victory of the season, a 2-1 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals, it was the Cubs' defense that saved the day. Strong-armed Cubs catcher Willson Contreras fired a throw to try to catch Piscotty but instead nailed him square in the left elbow as he slid into second.

Distract second baseman Javy Baez with the advertising board behind home plate that displayed a white background only when the Cubs were in the field in Sunday's opener? Piscotty, who signed a six-year, $33.5 million deal Monday, passed all concussion tests but is still considered doubtful for today's game. After a few moments, Piscotty sat up and then walked off the field. They will now go directly to Milwaukee for a weekend series after Thursday's game. This was Heyward's only hit of the game and it wasn't barreled up, so I would advise against drawing conclusions one way or the other, but hey, you have to start somewhere (+.150).

St Louis Cardinals player Stephen Piscotty could have been forgiven for have checking if there was a target rather than his name and number on his back following this sequence of events.

"You've got to say certain words and number sequences in reverse order that you heard them", Piscotty said. He reached on an infield single, scampered over to third on Aledmys Diaz's single to center and scored on Matt Carpenter's fly ball to right. Yep, you guessed it, Piscotty was hit again.

Adam Wainwright allowed two runs and three hits in five innings for St. Louis.

Randal Grichuk smiled as he backed away from a mob of St. Louis Cardinals chasing him around the field. In Arrieta's last four starts against the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Cubs are 1-3. Piscotty played in 153 games last season, hitting.273, with 22 home runs and 85 runs batted in.

It was Almora's first game of the season.

Lance Lynn has made it known that he would like to be the latest St. Louis Cardinal to earn a contract extension. Which is why it was kind of fitting that such a big profile Major League Baseball player delivered what could go down as the worst pitch in the history of the league.

St. Louis went 86-76 previous year and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but the additions of Fowler and reliever Brett Cecil ramped up the optimism for this season.

  • Loretta Pittman