The Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants met for the first time at AT&T park since game 4 of the 2016 NLDS. We know how that ended (spoiler, the Cubbies won, and proceeded to win the World Series.
The Giants were hoping for some redemption after that last meeting, and
The Cubs were also hoping for a better trip to the West Coast after the disastrous trip at the end of May, where they were swept by both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
Javier Baez hit his first career inside the park home run in the top of the second, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Jon Jay added to the lead by scoring on a wild pitch in the third making it 3-0, and again in the fifth, making it 4-0.
Albert Almora Jr. batted in another run in the fifth as well, making it 5-0.
Jake Arrieta gave up several hits, but the Giants came alive in the sixth, after a two run homer by Ryder Jones, making it 5-2, and then another run in the seventh, making it a two run ballgame at 5-3.
After that third run scored, Arrieta was replaced by Pedro Strop, and eventually Brian Duensing and Wade Davis.
The final score of the series opener was 5-3 Cubs.
Not a bad way to start the road trip.
Fly the W, Cubs fans.
Cubs are still in the lead in the NL Central, 1.5 games above Milwaukee.