Lackey gives up two hits as he left in the 8th frame with one out as he completely shuts down "Maddon Ball" for a game 1 victory. The Redbirds wasted no time with Cubbies starter Jon Lester as Matt Holliday got things started in the 1st with an RBI single.
Then in the 8th with the score 1-0 Redbirds Tommy Pham took Lester (L, 7.1 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER BB 9 SO) deep as that ended his night. Pedro Strop with Matt Carpenter on gives up a pinch-hit two-run Blast to Stephen Piscotty for some much-needed insurance as St. Louis wins game 1 by the score of 4-0.
Chicago only had three hits as Lester gave the Cubbies some chances. That Dexter Fowler in the 6th took Lackey deep to the warning track with a man on was the Redbirds only real score ending the Cubbies half of the 6th.
Game #2 is on Saturday with Kyle Hendricks vs Carlos Garcia at 5:30pm ET...