Chicago Cubs endure horrific start to MLB season

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Chicago Cubs endured a desperate start to the season on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates after they were shutout, their catcher was hit in the nuts, and they lost the first replay challenge of the season. 

After nine innings the game was tied and was forced in the tenth, before the game was sealed up when Neil Walker went deep off Carlos Villanueva for a walk-off solo home run.

But even though the game didn't have a whole lot of production, there were plenty of moments of entertainment that will live long in the memory infamously. 

The major one of those was the moment that Wellington Castillo took a ball to the crotch region at the bottom of the ninth inning, much to the amusement of fans. 

That followed the Cubs decision to challenge a play on the field that was eventually upheld. 

Cubs manager Rick Renteria was the first to utilize expanded replay this season with a fifth inning challenge.

Pitcher Jeff Samardzija was attempting to bunt runners. Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez then fired to first for the double play, narrowly beating Samardzija's final stride.

Renteria argued the call with first base umpire Bob Davidson while looking into his dugout. He challenged but the call was upheld. 

Just to add insult to injury, the Cubs were shutout as they started the season a drab fashion. 

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