CHICAGO -- Same ol' Cubbies. Same old Cardinals, too.
At least for one game.
Adam Wainwright threw six sharp innings to outpitch Jon Lester as St. Louis handed new Cubs manager Joe Maddon a 3-0 loss last night in the first game of the 2015 MLB season.
"Just wasn't real sharp," Lester said. "Ball was flat. Any time I get that many fly balls, I know that I'm not where I need to be."
"He just really hasn't had a chance to nail everything down yet, I don't think," Maddon said. "Of course, I believe he will."
Jason Heyward had three hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday had two RBIs. Throw in Matt Carpenter's two hits, and the top third of the Cards' lineup went 7-for-14 with three RBIs.
The addition of Lester and Maddon ramped up the expectations for the Cubs after five straight losing seasons, but in their most anticipated opener in years, they went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. -- AP