April 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Chicago Cubs won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Wind: A Look Back At Opening Day

Major League Baseball is officially upon us. After a month of exhibition games, Opening Day was yesterday for Major League Baseball. In this edition of the Chicago Wind, we will take a look at how the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox opened the 2013 season.

First, an explanation. Last week, I was on vacation. I went on the magnificent cruise ship, the Carnival Breeze, and enjoyed a great vacation. The downside of being on a cruise ship is that you are not connected to the world. There was an obvious display of inactivity last week on Da Windy City, so I wanted to explain why. My vacation is over, meaning there will be daily updates on Da Windy City going forward. To that end, Brandon Bender and I are in the initial processes of improving Da Windy City experience. I can promise you that big things are coming, Brandon and I will certainly keep you informed as we continue our creative process.

Now, feel the breeze from the Chicago Wind.

Chicago Cubs Win Despite Riding A Marmol-Coaster 

The Chicago Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates looked similar to a game that Cubs fans would have watched during the 2012 season. The team received an excellent contribution from their starting pitcher, in this case it was Jeff Samardzija who held the Pirates scoreless for the first eight innings of the game. The team also scored enough runs to support the starting pitcher, behind a two-run home run from Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs were leading 3-o as the team entered the bottom of the ninth inning.

Then Carlos Marmol entered the game. Marmol struggled. The Cubs alleged closer only recorded one out while allowing one run on one hit to go along with a walk and a hit by pitch. Marmol was then pulled, and relievers James Russell and Kyuji Fujikawa sealed the final two outs for the Cubs. After the game, Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum indicated that Marmol would still remain as the team’s closer though his leash will be short.

Chicago White Sox Stifle The Kansas City Royals

For the White Sox, the road to victory was far less complicated. Starting pitcher Chris Sale was dominant for the White Sox against the Royals on Opening Day. Sale pitched 7 and 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing 7 hits and striking out 7 batters. Addison Reed notched the save for the White Sox. The only run in the game came on home run by White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers in the fifth inning.

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