Storylines: Cardinals ink Stephen Piscotty to a six year extension

- The St. Louis Cardinals continue to lock up their core talent in the early part of spring as they have reached a six-year, $33.5MM extension with outfielder Stephen Piscotty per Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Starter Jake Arrieta pegged Piscotty's right elbow with a pitch to put him on first with one out in the fifth inning.

Shortly after their game with the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium was postponed due to the threat of severe weather, the Cardinals revealed that right fielder Stephen Piscotty successfully made it through concussion tests after a scary incident in Tuesday night's 2-1 loss.

The 162-game marathon that is the Major League Baseball season is only three days old, but Piscotty has already supplied a lasting memory.

"We didn't run away from it a year ago". Hustling home to score from second on Kolten Wong's infield single that second baseman Javier Baez mishandled for an error, Piscotty was struck in the left ear by Baez's wild throw.

The hug came moments after Almora leapt at the center-field wall in the bottom of the seventh to snare a Matt Adams blast that looked destined to tie the game.

It was ironic that Baez made two errors on the play which produced St. Louis' only run.

"I haven't seen that before and to actually live it was something pretty insane", Piscotty told reporters Thursday morning. The Cubs have had trouble stringing together hits in the same inning in this series, managing just five runs.

A video posted to Twitter shows the three instances in which Piscotty was hit ― first at bat, then as he ran to second and again when he ran home.

After signing a $65 million, five-year contract to assume the role as the ace of the rotation, Duffy's first career opening day start was a dazzler with eight strikeouts over six innings with three hits and three walks allowed. "He answered everything fine", Manager Mike Matheny said. After getting the first two outs in the sixth inning, the Cardinals loaded the bases on Arrieta and brought newly minted Cubs killer Randal Grichuk to the plate. The run scored, but Piscotty appeared stunned by the headshot and left the game. "It's how you win a game 2-1, 3-2 or 1-0".

Matheny didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on Adams once Piscotty went down to the clubhouse for evaluations.

Both teams have Thursday off, and it is possible the game could be played then if weather forces a postponement.

St. Louis went 86-76 previous year and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but the winter additions of Fowler and reliever Brett Cecil ramped up the optimism for this season. The Cardinals are 0-4 in Lynns last 4 starts vs. Cubs and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.

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  • Salvatore Jensen