Final: Cubs 3, Pirates 1 (box)
A.J. Burnett struck out ten batters in his first career Opening Day start, but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs scored two runs in the first inning on an Anthony Rizzo home run and led the rest of the way.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija gave up just two hits and one walk over eight shutout innings as the Pirates struggled to get out of the gate offensively.
Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, and Pedro Alvarez were the only Pirates who were able to collect a hit. McCutchen stole the first base of the season for the club in the ninth inning following a walk that moved him into scoring position.