Cubs fall to Braves in series opener


by - Senior Editor -
Discuss on Cubs Boards   Print   | CubsHQ Facebook ChicagoCubsHQ Twitter CubsHQ RSS Feed
<span style=Photo by Joe Camporeale / USATODAY">
Photo by Joe Camporeale / USATODAY

ATLANTA -- Bud Norris pitched seven strong innings and gave up just four hits to lead Atlanta, the team with the worst record in baseball over the team, to a 5-1 win over the major-league-leading Chicago Cubs. With the win, the Braves improved to 18-42 and the Cubs dropped to 41-18. The Braves have now won two of the three games played against the Cubs this season.

Atlanta got the winning runs in the second inning on back-to-back solo home runs by Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers. The Cubs' only run came on RBI groundout by Dexter Fowler after a double by rookie outfielder Albert Almora.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.36) gave up three runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings. Jason Heyward went 0-4 with three strikeouts in his return to Atlanta.

The Braves had twelve hits to the Cubs' four. Chicago is just 4-13 when outhit by the opponent and 4-16 when scoring less than 4 runs.

The Cubs were without first baseman Anthony Rizzo who was a late scratch with back tightness and will be listed as day-to-day.

Chicago will look to bounce back in game two of the series when Jake Arrieta (9-1, 1.80) faces RHP Matt Wisler (2-6, 3.98) Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CT.

Thanks for visiting CubsHQ.com. Follow our Facebook page to get updates on your news feed!
Rate this Story:
0 votes

Send Feedback to Tony Crumpton: Email | Comment
Discuss on Cubs Boards   Print   | CubsHQ Facebook ChicagoCubsHQ Twitter CubsHQ RSS Feed
Boras on Harper's relationship with Bryant, Bryant trade rumors
Boras on Harper's relationship with Bryant, Bryant trade rumors
Cubs multi-game ticket packages on sale this week
Cubs multi-game ticket packages on sale this week
Maddon on his contract: "Let's just win the World Series"
Maddon on his contract: "Let's just win the World Series"
Cubs coach reportedly hired as new Orioles manager
Cubs coach reportedly hired as new Orioles manager
Boras on Harper's relationship with Bryant, Bryant trade rumors
Boras on Harper's relationship with Bryant, Bryant trade rumors
Latest news and rumors: KB and Russell’s rehab, latest trades, and FA signings
Latest news and rumors: KB and Russell’s rehab, latest trades, and FA signings
Latest news and notes: Boras talks Harper and Bryant, Cubs remain idle, and more
Latest news and notes: Boras talks Harper and Bryant, Cubs remain idle, and more
Cubs multi-game ticket packages on sale this week
Cubs multi-game ticket packages on sale this week
The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings: A bust at best
The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings: A bust at best
Maddon on his contract: "Let's just win the World Series"
Maddon on his contract: "Let's just win the World Series"
Latest news and rumors: Maddon’s comments, Brandon Hyde leaving, and more Hot Stove
Latest news and rumors: Maddon’s comments, Brandon Hyde leaving, and more Hot Stove
Cubs coach reportedly hired as new Orioles manager
Cubs coach reportedly hired as new Orioles manager
ESPN reaches multi-year extension with analyst Jessica Mendoza
ESPN reaches multi-year extension with analyst Jessica Mendoza
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest