In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 6-4 to take 2 out of 3 in their opening series of the year. The Cardinals jumped on the Cubs early with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, aided by a Ben Zobrist drop while trying to turn an inning ending double play that would have gotten the Cubs out of the inning unscathed. But the Cubs slowly chipped away at the Cardinal lead with single runs in the 5th and 6th inning and 4 runs in the 7th to take the lead. The big blow in the 7th inning was a 3 run home run by Kyle Schwarber that put the Cubs ahead for good. Cubs starter John Lackey was solid on the day, giving up all 4 runs, with 3 of them earned, on 6 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound to earn the victory. New closer Wade Davis shut things down in the 9th for his 2nd save in a Cubs uniform. Newly acquired reliever Brett Cecil took the loss for the Cardinals after giving up all 4 runs in the 7th inning. The Cubs will be back in action tonight as they travel to Milwaukee to begin a 3 game weekend series with the Brewers and the Cardinals will remain at home to face off against the Reds in a 3 game weekend series of their own.
The White Sox offense came alive yesterday in an 11-2 victory over the Tigers for their first win of the year. Geovany Soto led the offense with 2 home runs and 4 RBI on the day, while third baseman Matt Davidson had a 3 run home run of his own. Starter James Shield was solid in his first start of the year, giving up just 1 earned run on 2 hits while walking 5 in his 5 plus innings on the mound. The southsiders will be back in action tonight when they host the Twins at 7:10 for the beginning of a 3 game weekend series.
The Bulls picked up a much needed victory for their playoff chances last night with a 102-90 victory in Philadelphia. Forward Jimmy Butler collected a triple double on the night, scoring 19 points while corralling 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists to lead the Bulls to victory. Nikola Mirotic also continued his strong play at the end of the season with 22 points and 8 rebounds of his own. The Bulls are now tied with Indian for the 7th spot in the eastern conference playoffs and are a half game ahead of 9th place Miami.
In NHL action last night, Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville rested several starters in his team’s 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Meanwhile, the St Louis Blues continued their strong play with a 6-3 victory over the Panthers in Florida. The Blackhawks have one game left in the regular season as they’ll travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kings on Saturday night, while the Blues will play back to back games this weekend to close out their regular season. They’ll travel to Carolina on Saturday night to take on the Hurricanes before returning home on Sunday to take on the Avalanche to close out the regular season.
Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be at Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday at 12:30. Kyle Busch is the defending champion at the mile and a half quad-oval in Fort Worth, Texas.