National League Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis, Game One|
(Saturday, August 30)
Final Score: Chicago 5, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Logan Watkins, Chris Valaika and Starlin
Castro all hit solo home runs to back a strong Cubs debut from Felix Doubront
as Chicago took a 5-1 victory in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against
the St. Louis Cardinals.
Doubront (1-0), acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Red Sox, was sharp
in his first start since June 20, scattering seven hits over as many frames.
"He was very impressive," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Doubront. "He did
a nice job of containing a pretty good lineup."
The only run the left-hander allowed came in the second inning when Jhonny
Peralta scored on Jon Jay's double-play ball.
"We either had tough at-bats or we were hitting it right at them," Cardinals
manager Mike Matheny said.
All three of Chicago's home runs were served up by Justin Masterson (2-3), who
surrendered five runs on six hits and failed to make it out of the fifth.
Chris Coghlan gave the Cubs an early 2-0 lead in the second inning when he hit
a bases-loaded single to right. Watkins scored easily and Valaika was thrown
out on a play at home, but the call was reversed when replay showed Valaika
got his hand on the plate before A.J. Pierzynski applied the tag.
Watkins launched one into the right-field bullpen for his first career home
run leading off the fourth, and Valaika made it back-to-back blasts with one
into the left-field bullpen.
Castro went deep in the fifth, and Doubront and Chicago's bullpen closed out
Doubront set down the final nine hitters he faced, Neil Ramirez shook off a
leadoff walk in the eighth and Justin Grimm set down the Cardinals in order in
Doubront was activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game. He had
been sidelined with a strained calf ... Castro matched his career high with 14
home runs ... Masterson has lasted five or fewer inning in four of his six
starts with the Cardinals.
08/30 21:06:57 ET