Game Report: Cubs 2, Cardinals 1

Even though the Cardinals lost to the Cubs Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, they had a much more important concern - the health of right fielder Stephen Piscotty.

One day after signing a six-year contract, Piscotty had to leave the game in the fifth inning and was undergoing concussion tests.

Piscotty had an adventurous trip around the bases that inning, beginning when he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Jake Arrieta. Then, while stealing second base, he was hit on the left arm by the throw from catcher Willson Contreras.

The biggest problem came as he was sliding home, scoring on a single by Kolten Wong. The throw from Javier Baez hit Piscotty on his batting helmet. He laid near home plate for a minute before he was able to walk off the field under his own power.

"We won't jump to any conclusions, but he seems to be doing OK," manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the game. "He seems to feel fine. Those are all good signs. But he has to pass the tests. We'll find out a little bit more tonight, a little bit more [Wednesday] morning.”

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, but Albert Almora took a home run away from Matt Adams with an over-the-wall catch in center field … The Cardinals had only four hits in the game, all singles, one each by Dexter Fowler, Yadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta and Wong, who got the start after not being in the lineup on opening night.

On the mound: Both Chicago runs scored in the fourth off Adam Wainwright, on an RBI single by Jason Heyward and a sacrifice squeeze by Baez … Wainwright allowed just three hits and walked two in five innngs … Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil, Kevin Siegrist and Jonathan Broxton each pitched one inning of scoreless relief.

Of note: Trevor Rosenthal, beginning the year on the disabled list, threw a bullpen session before Tuesday night’s game. If he has no problems with his recovery from the low intensity session, he will throw again on Thursday and then could be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment... Adams made his first regular-season appearance in left field after replacing Piscotty in the lineup. Randal Grichuk moved from left to right. 

Looking ahead: The series will conclude with a day game on Wednesday. Lance Lynn, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2015, will pitch against former Cardinal John Lackey.