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Cardinals rookies are living large

Tommy Pham celebrates with Stephen Piscotty after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of St. Louis' Game 1 win over Chicago. Two batters later, Piscotty went deep. See the best photos from the series. Full NLDS photo gallery

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Lackey adds to solid playoff resume

John Lackey held the Cubs to two hits in 7 1/3 shutout innings on Friday night to lead the Cardinals to a Game 1 victory. In his eighth postseason, Lackey continues to get the job done. Friday's Top 5


Saturday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Cubs at Cardinals, 5:37 p.m. ET (Cardinals lead NLDS series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Mets at Dodgers, 9:07 p.m. ET (Mets lead NLDS series 1-0)
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Must-win game for the Cubs (0:48)
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11hJayson Stark

Stark: John Lackey -- October's human trivia answer

Stumped on a trivia question about the postseason? Try John Lackey's name, and you'll often be right. On Friday night against the Cubs, the Cardinals right-hander showed why that's the case.

This Number Stinks: Cardinals, Patriots favorites (2:56)
Cardinals blank Cubs in Game 1 (2:21)
Pham: 'When this time of year comes around, we're ready' (1:27)
Molina returns, young Cardinals step up (1:02)
Piscotty: 'It was a lot of fun' (1:27)

Lackey silences Cubs as Cards take Game 1

John Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late as the Cardinals cooled off the Cubs on Friday night in the NLDS opener.


Cardinals, Lackey shut out Cubs in Game 1

John Lackey held the Cubs to just two hits over 7 1/3 innings to outduel Jon Lester, and Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham homered as the Cardinals took Game 1 of the NLDS with a 4-0 win. Box score


Rookies power Cardinals in 8th inning

Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered in the 8th to extend St. Louis' lead to 4-0. It's the second straight postseason the Cardinals have had two rookies homer in the same game. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras did it last year. Follow live

Pham's HR gives Cardinals extra cushion

Tommy Pham hit a long pinch-hit HR off Jon Lester in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead over the Cubs. Lester is now out of the game after following up the homer by walking Matt Carpenter. Pedro Strop is now in with one out in the 8th. Follow live


Lackey exits in the 8th

John Lackey gave up only 2 hits and a walk in 7 1/3 IP against the Cubs and leaving with a 1-0 lead. Lackey also struck out five and threw 86 pitches. Kevin Siegrist in now in for the Cardinals. Follow live


Lackey has no-hit bid through 5

John Lackey has held the Cubs hitless through five innings (1 BB, 3 Ks, 56 pitches) in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead. Follow live

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In St. Louis, John Lackey hasn't given up a hit through five innings and has faced the minimum 15 batters. The only Cubs baserunner he's allowed so far came courtesy of a fourth inning walk to Kyle Schwarber, who was promptly erased by a 5-4-3 double play. Lackey should have plenty left in the tank too, as he's only thrown 56 pitches so far.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

First 12 outs on 44 pitches for John Lackey. Doesn't get much more efficient than that.

Cardinals go up early vs. Cubs

The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but Matt Holliday's RBI single off Jon Lester to score Stephen Piscotty in the bottom of the frame has the Cards up 1-0 heading into the second. Follow live

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Cubs at Cardinals in Game 1 of NLDS

The Cubs' reward for their euphoric NL wild-card win over the Pirates? A series with MLB's only 100-win team. Former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey meet on the mound. Follow live

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

An Elias Sports Bureau stat that caught my attention: John Lackey had a lower ERA at Busch Stadium this year (1.93) than Jake Arrieta had at Wrigley (1.97).

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25312th
On Base Percentage.32113th
Slugging Percentage.39423rd
Earned Run Average2.941st
Quality Starts1061st

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