Joc Pederson became the first Cub to go yard on the first pitch of the game since fellow left fielder Kyle Schwarber did so in 2019.
Joc Pederson became the first Cub to go yard on the first pitch of the game since fellow left fielder Kyle Schwarber did so in 2019.

WATCH: Joc Pederson skies 409-foot homer on opening pitch against Cardinals


by - Senior Writer -

ST. LOUIS – The very first pitch of the season series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals was sent into the seats on Friday, with Cubs leadoff man Joc Pederson swatting an opening-pitch cutter out to right-center at Busch Stadium. Coming in the opening plate appearance of the first meeting of the season for the National League Central foes, Pederson's blast gave the Cubbies an early 1-0 lead over the Redbirds.

Starter Carlos Martinez was taken deep by Pederson on a 90.9-mph cutter thrown over the plate. Marking the second homer and 11th RBI of the year for the left fielder, the towering no-doubter traveled 409 feet after leaving the bat at 102 mph and 31 degrees. Pederson continues to make an impact in the Cubs' lineup since returning from a stint on the injured list earlier this month.

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