Cardinals beat the Pirates on Opening Day at Busch Stadium

Cardinals take on Pirates for Opening Day at Busch Stadium

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 during their season opener on Friday, July 24.

It was the first in a three-game set this weekend and started at 7:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium.

Adam King reported live from the ballpark.

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The Cardinals’ active roster included three first-time Cardinals, Austin Dean; Kwang Hyun Kim; and Kodi Whitley, and 17 players that were developed within the Cardinals organization.

Kodi Whitley was selected from Alternate Training Site roster. Austin Dean, Junior Fernandez, Andrew Knizner and Edmundo Sosa were recalled from Alternate Training Site roster.

The following was the Cardinals Opening Day active roster and injured list:

Pitchers (14):

  • Junior Fernandez - RHP
  • Jack Flaherty - RHP
  • John Gant - RHP
  • Austin Gomber - LHP
  • Ryan Helsley - RHP
  • Dakota Hudson - RHP
  • Kwang Hyun Kim - LHP
  • Carlos Martínez - RHP
  • Miles Mikolas - RHP
  • Andrew Miller - LHP
  • Daniel Ponce de Leon - RHP
  • Adam Wainwright - RHP
  • Tyler Webb - LHP
  • Kodi Whitley - RHP

Catchers (3):

  • Andrew Knizner
  • Yadier Molina
  • Matt Wieters

Infielders (7):

  • Matt Carpenter
  • Paul DeJong
  • Tommy Edman
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Rangel Ravelo
  • Edmundo Sosa
  • Kolten Wong

Outfielders (5):

  • Harrison Bader
  • Austin Dean
  • Dexter Fowler
  • Tyler O’Neill
  • Lane Thomas

Injured list (4):

  • John Brebbia - RHP (45-day, right elbow)
  • Giovanny Gallegos - RHP
  • Jordan Hicks - RHP (45-day, right elbow)
  • Brad Miller - INF (10-day, right ankle - bursitis)

For the Pirates, Joe Musgrove made his first Opening Day start.

The projected Pirates lineup included:

  • Kevin Newman - SS
  • Bryan Reynolds - LF
  • Adam Frazier - 2B
  • Josh Bell - 1B
  • Colin Moran - 3B
  • José Osuna - DH
  • Guillermo Heredia - RF
  • Jacob Stallings - C
  • Jarrod Dyson - CF

It was not the usual celebration in St. Louis, the Clydesdales and Red Jackets were missing from Busch Stadium. However, the Cardinals brought the home opener to fans virtually on TV and over social media.

Ballpark Village, across the street from Busch Stadium, was open in an limited capacity and with safety measures in place. Clark Street was blocked off from traffic so that Cardinals Nation fan had outdoor seating.

The 2020 regular season was shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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