The Cubs defense of their first World Series Championship in 108 years began last night in St Louis and the Cardinals drew first blood on Opening Night. The Redbirds beat the Cubs 4-3 on a bases loaded walk off single by Randall Grichuk in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Cardinals jumped on the scoreboard first with a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the 3rd inning and Randall Grichuk added some insurance runs with a 2 run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh was one strike away from closing things out in the 9th inning when Willson Contreras hit a 1-2 hanging slider into the seats in left field to tie the game up at 3 and set up Grichuk’s heroics in the bottom of the inning. Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was dominant on the night despite taking a no decision as he tossed 7 â..." innings of shutout baseball while striking out 10 Cubs on the night. Mike Montgomery took the loss for the Cubs. Both teams will be off today before returning to action Tuesday night in St Louis.
It’s opening day for the rest of Major League baseball today and the young White Sox will begin their rebuilding year at home against the Tigers. Jose Quintana will face off against Justin Verlander in a 3:10 first pitch.
In NBA action last night, the Bulls defeated the Pelicans 117-110 in New Orleans to move into the 7th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 39 points while forward Bobby Portis pitched in with 21 points and 11 rebounds. They will have the night off tonight before returning to action Tuesday night in New York when they face the Knicks. The Knicks received some bad news yesterday as former Bull Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Rose will now have his 4th major knee surgery in the last 6 years.
The final week of the NHL’s regular season began yesterday with the Blackhawks dropping a 3-2 decision to the Bruins and the Blues continued their strong play with a 4-1 victory over the Predators. Both teams will have the night off tonight before returning to action on Tuesday night when the Hawks travel to Denver to take on the Avalanche and the Blues host the Jets in St Louis.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series was in Martinsville yesterday and Brad Keselowski continued his hot start to the season by taking home the checkered flag. Keselowski led 116 laps on the day, passing Kyle Busch for the final time with 44 laps to go to pick up his first victory at Martinsville. Busch had a good day as well, leading 274 of the 500 laps on the day on his way to a second place finish. Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top 5. The Cup series will be back in action this Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway where Kyle Busch is the defending champion.
Lastly, the Men’s NCAA basketball season will come to an end tonight in Phoenix, Arizona as Gonzaga will face off against North Carolina in the National Championship game. The Tar Heels will be looking to avenge their title game loss to Villanova last year, while the Zags will be playing in their first ever National Title game. Tip off is set for 8:20 this evening.