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Cubs blowout Angels on Opening Day


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The Los Angeles Angels found out what National League hitters saw all of last season. Chicago's ace Jake Arrieta is almost unhittable. Arrieta (1-0) allowed only two hits and struck out six in seven innings of work to lead the Cubs to a 9-0 opening day win.

Dexter Fowler doubled to open the game and Anthony Rizzo's single drove him in to put the Cubs up 1-0 in the first. The Cubs would add two more in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Jorge Soler and Miguel Montero.

In the sixth, Montero put the game away with a 2-run homer. Kris Bryant's RBI groundout pushed the lead to 6-0 in the seventh. In the ninth inning, Matt Szczur hit a bases loaded double to make the final score 9-0.

Angels' pitcher Garrett Williams (0-1) took loss giving up three runs in the first five innings.

Chicago and Los Angeles will play game two of the series on Tuesday at 10:00 EST.


Chicago

BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG

Fowler CF 4 3 3 0 1 1 2 .750

Heyward RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 .200

Zobrist 2B 5 1 2 0 0 2 5 .400

Rizzo 1B 3 1 1 1 2 0 2 .333

Bryant 3B 3 2 0 1 2 2 2 .000

Schwarber LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000

Szczur LF 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 1.000

Soler DH 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 .250

Montero C 5 1 2 3 0 2 2 .400

Russell SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .000

Totals 37 9 11 9 7 12 21 -

BATTING

2B: Fowler (1, Richards); Heyward (1, Bedrosian); Szczur (1, Rasmus)

HR: Montero (1, 6th inning off Salas, 1 on, 2 out)

TB: Montero 5; Fowler 4; Zobrist 2; Heyward 2; Szczur 2; Rizzo; Soler

RBI: Montero 3 (3); Szczur 3 (3); Rizzo (1); Soler (1); Bryant (1)

Game-winning RBI: Rizzo

GIDP: Zobrist

Team RISP: 4-for-17

Team LOB: 8

BASERUNNING

PO: Zobrist

FIELDING

DP: (Zobrist-Rizzo)

Los Angeles Angels

BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG

Escobar 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Nava LF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333

a- Gentry PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000

Trout CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000

Pujols DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Calhoun RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333

Cron 1B 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333

Simmons SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Pérez C 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .000

Giavotella 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Totals 29 0 3 0 1 7 9 -

a-struck out for Nava in 9th.

BATTING

2B: Cron (1, Grimm)

TB: Cron 2; Nava; Calhoun

Team RISP: 0-for-3

Team LOB: 3

FIELDING

Errors: Escobar (1)

DP: (Giavotella-Simmons-Cron)

Chicago Cubs

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Arrieta W (1-0) 7.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 0.00

Grimm 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Wood 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Totals 9.0 3 0 0 1 7 0 -

PITCHING

Pitches-Strikes: Arrieta 89-64; Grimm 8-7; Wood 12-9

Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Arrieta 8-3; Grimm 2-1; Wood 1-1

Batters Faced: Arrieta 23; Grimm 4; Wood 3

Los Angeles Angels

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Richards L (0-1) 5.0 6 3 3 3 7 0 5.40

Salas 1.0 1 2 2 1 2 1 18.00

Bedrosian 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 9.00

Morin 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Rasmus 1.0 2 3 3 2 1 0 27.00

Totals 9.0 11 9 9 7 12 1 -

PITCHING

Pitches-Strikes: Richards 97-58; Salas 24-15; Bedrosian 21-12; Morin 10-8; Rasmus 36-23

Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Richards 9-1; Salas 0-1; Bedrosian 3-0; Morin 0-1; Rasmus 2-2

Batters Faced: Richards 22; Salas 5; Bedrosian 6; Morin 3; Rasmus 8

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