Entering their National League Wild Card Series against the Padres this week, all questions were on the Cardinals’ offense and how it would overcome its struggle to produce consistently in the regular season.

St. Louis silenced those questions right out of the gate on Wednesday.

A four-run first inning and a two-run third inning off Padres starter Chis Paddack gave the Cardinals enough cushion in their 7-4 win in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at Petco Park.