After the St. Louis Cardinals (3-3) got clearance to play against the Chicago White Sox (10-10), the pair of clubs played the first of two seven-inning games at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Adam Wainwright kept the Sox offense at bay opposite to Lucas Giolito, who had one bad inning that paid huge dividends.
In the top of the first, Kolton Wong led off with a single. Tommy Edman sprayed a single to put two on with no outs. After Paul Goldschmidt struck out, Tyler O’Neil was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Matt Carpenter was also hit by a Giolito ball to push home the first run of the game, 1-0 Cardinals. Dylan Carlson struck out on a high fastball for the second out. Dexter Fowler singled into left-center that scored a pair to extend the St. Louis lead to 3-0. Andrew Knizner singled to right that plated Carpenter to make it 4-0 Cardinals.
In the bottom of the third, Danny Mendick got the first Sox hit with a double. Tim Anderson sent one to the track that allowed Mendick to tag and advance to third. Yoan Moncada followed with a groundout that scored the team’s first run, 4-1 St. Louis.
In the fourth, Fowler reached on an infield single. Knizner followed with a chopper where the only play was at first, putting Fowler on second with one out. Harrison Bader drew a walk. Wong grounded out to first, pushing Fowler and Bader up a base with two outs. Edman squibbed one that Jose Abreu bobbled, Fowler scored to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 5-1.
That would be all the action in game one. St. Louis, after a long layoff, top the Sox 5-1. Game two is coming up shortly. Another seven-inning affair and a chance for the White Sox to even things up for the rubber match tomorrow.