MLB wrap: Cubs crush Pirates in home opener, Mike Trout robs Christian Yelich

The Chicago Cubs finally played their home opener Monday at Wrigley Field, and the bad taste from the season’s first week or so (a 2-7 record) disappeared almost immediately. 

Starting pitcher Jon Lester hit an RBI double to start things off in the second inning, and before the frame had ended Chicago held a 6-0 lead. Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez all added to the total.

The Cubs added two runs in both the third and fourth innings with a two-run home run off the bat of Kyle Schwarber capping off their run total.

MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN

However, Lester made an early exit in the top of the third inning with left hamstring tightness. The Cubs went on to win, 10-0, even without their starting pitcher/slugger.

Brad Brach earned the win after pitching two innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three.

Studs of the Night

The Mariners still have the best record in baseball and against the Royals, Edwin Encarnación was their best player. The designated hitter hit two home runs in Seattle’s eight-run sixth inning. He accomplished this remarkable feat once before in his career during the 2013 season with the Blue Jays. Encarnación joins Andre Dawson, Willie McCovey, Alex Rodríguez and Jeff King as the only players in history to do it twice.

Blake Snell struck out 11 in the Rays’ 5-1 win over the White Sox and after six innings toeing the rubber, he earned the win. Snell allowed six hits as he moved to 2-1 on the season.

Dud of the Night

Orioles’ Chris Davis extended his forgettable streak. The slugger went 0-for-5 at the plate and now has 49 consecutive at-bats without a hit. Davis broke Eugenio Velez’s previous record of 46 consecutive hitless at-bats for the longest hitless streak by a position player in history.


Not so fast, Christian Yelich. Mike Trout robs the Brewer of a home run.

Cedric Mullins wasn’t going to stop at third, literally. The Orioles outfielder hit a triple but ended up rounding third base after the throw from first trickled to the dugout. 

What’s Next?

Dodgers (8-3) at Cardinals (5-5), 7:45 p.m. ET — St. Louis was able to take one from Los Angeles in the two teams’ first meeting Monday to move to .500 on the season. The Dodgers will go with Ross Stripling on the mound against Dakota Hudson.

Leave a Reply