Going into the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs were hoping to bounce back after dropping the series finale against the San Francisco Giants.
But more importantly, they were trying to learn how to play without their ace Willson Contreras.
It also was a (bad) trip down memory lane for Kyle Schwarber, as it was only the third game of the 2016 season at Chase Field where he suffered his torn ACL and LCL. Thankfully, this game ended better than that last one for him.
The Cubs got it rolling in the first inning, after allowing a Kris Bryant single, pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed a few walks, bringing in Kris Bryant, followed by Ben Zobrist scoring on a wild pitch, making it a 2-0 ball game in the 1st.
Bryant then had an RBI single in the 2nd, making it 3-0.
But the Diamondbacks weren’t going to make it easy. A David Peralta two run homer in the 5th made a a 3-2 game.
Schwarber was able to make a new memory of Chase field, when he hit a solo home run in the 6th, making it 4-2. Not to be out done, Alex Avila hit a solo homer right after Schwarbs, making it 5-2, giving them that 3 run lead back.
Pitcher John Lackey allowed another D-Back home run in the 6th, making it 5-3, and was replaced by Carl Edwards Jr.
The last couple innings were somewhat nerve wracking, due to some walks and base hits, but the Cubbies held on, winning 8-3 in the series opener, the last few runs coming from Javier Baez, Ian Happ, and Jon Jay.
They continue to be 1st in the division.