For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs began their home opener as champions. As the Los Angeles Dodgers watched the Cubs celebrate, they came into town hoping to rain on the parade in more ways than one. After the game had been delayed due to rain storms, the Dodgers came up short at Wrigley Field.
In a tightly contested rematch of the NLCS, both failed to break apart from the other on the scoreboard. The 2-0 score in favor of the Cubs was the largest lead, but a run in both the sixth and the eighth innings from Los Angeles brought the drama back to the game. However, it was Anthony Rizzo’s walk-off RBI single that sent the stormy clouds away from ruining their debut. Despite the chilly 41-degree weather, the Cubs managed to snatch the victory in the ninth to keep the spirit of the home crowd nice and warm.
After the game, Corey Seager, who contributed an RBI, spoke on the impact of the loss according to Bill Plunkett of Orange County Register:
“Yeah, that wasn’t good,” Seager said. “That one hurts a little. We take a lot of pride in coming back, making that push late to tie it. That hurts, for sure.”
Aside the game, the Dodgers also lost Franklin Gutierrez to a left hamstring injury in the second as well as Justin Turner in the eighth due to quadriceps discomfort. Franklin has been placed on the DL while Turner has been scratched out of the second game against the Cubs. However, Turner and manager Dave Roberts are optimistic he can return for the third.
The Dodgers are now 4-4, second to last in the NL West. Although the 2017 MLB season is still in its infancy, the team will look to capitalize on these matchups against a potential playoff opponent way down the road.