The atmosphere at Wrigley Field was electric Friday with a full-capacity crowd returning to the stands. The Cubs rode that energy to an epic comeback win over their bitter rivals.
The Cardinals jumped ahead on starter Kohl Stewart with run-scoring hits from Matt Carpenter and Nolan Arenado making it 2-0 after three. Joc Pederson homered off of Johan Oviedo in the 4th to cut the lead in half.
St. Louis rallied after Stewart walked the pitcher to open the 5th. Arenado singled in a pair and the lead grew to 5-1.
Why the Cubs Won
They won the battle of the bullpens quite handily Friday, keeping with the early theme for the season.
Rizzo’s homer gave fans a huge shot in the arm. The momentum shifted and the Cubs did not let up
Stats That Matter
- Kohl had a rough outing: 4 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 K, and 2 BB.
- Pederson stayed red-hot with three hits.
- Jason Heyward had two hits that led to a pair of runs.
This was an impressive comeback win for the Cubs. They really fed off the big crowd and looked like real contenders.