Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Cubs Receive Championship Rings in Wrigley Field Ceremony

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago on Thursday Cubs Receive Championship Rings in Wrigley Field Ceremony
Kristopher Love | 19 April, 2017, 05:47

Instead, center fielder Joc Pederson caught it for the second out.

The Cubs hit no home runs Monday night in their 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Wrigley Field opener. The lefty lowered his ERA to 0.84 through two starts with his new club.

Zimmermann (1-1) allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking a career-high five. He stranded seven runners, helped by Almora's defense.

The gem-rich ring, created with input from Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, President of Business Operations Crane Kenney and team players manages to tell the story of the Cubs' World Series victory, no stone unturned, along with the team's history down to the smallest details even making room for the infamous goat. "You don't ever want to have to have those guys make those plays behind you, but it was one of those days where it was a grind from pitch one".

In the first and third innings, Seager hit deep drives to straightaway center field.

Left-fielder Kyle Schwarber, known more for his hitting, almost finalized a dazzling play when he retreated to the wall in left-center to make a juggling catch of Kike Hernandez's drive before falling into the ivy.

The team was given its crowning jewels before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with fans at Wrigley Field roaring as the ceremony unfolded.

Almora later prevented Seager of another extra-base hit, stranding Hernandez with a running catch on the warning track with his back to home plate.

The problem was that Rizzo not only hadn't done much during Monday's contest, but he had gotten off to a start this season so slow that maybe, just possibly, it could have been approaching a concern.

Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell hit long solo home runs, their first of the season.

Logan Forsythe, He went 2-5 with 1 run, but he did strikeout 3 times in the ballgame.

The Cubs are 6-3 this season, mostly because they have continued to catch the ball better than anybody else in baseball. "That came out hot".

Will the Dodgers get to John Lackey and earn a win tonight at 8:05PM ET when the two teams clash at Wrigley Field?

"That pregame ceremony, " Rizzo said, "I wasn't expected to get hit with that many emotions". They won the series.

But now they've got the bling to prove it. "From the first pitch (McCarthy) was going after them".

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) watches his first inning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a baseball game in Chicago, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

This rain delay lasted a lot longer than the one during which Jason Heyward pulled his mates to the clubhouse for the pep talk that led to the Cubs breaking the Game Seven tie and holding on to win game, set, and Series five months ago. Reliever Carl Edwards Jr. pitched two scoreless innings to remain unscathed in five outings.

OUR PICK: The Dodgers are a flawless 4-0 in McCarthy's last four starts and are 4-1 in his last five starts versus a team with a winning record.

Maddon has tinkered with the top and bottom of the lineup this season, leading off Schwarber - an unconventional choice - and sliding the pitcher between eighth and ninth.

The Chicago Cubs will send Brett Anderson to the hill this afternoon, and he may be relying on his past knowledge as he pitches against the Dodgers for the first time since leaving Los Angeles. "What day he is activated, we're not sure".

"Freezing", Roberts said of the conditions. He went back on the disabled list last July with elbow tendonitis and did not return. Maddon said Rondon will likely be ready Saturday.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 6.00) opens on the mound Friday as the Cubs host the Pirates and RHP Gerrit Cole (0-1, 6.55) for the first of three games this weekend.