The Arizona Diamondbacks lost the four game series against the Chicago Cubs over the weekend in a series that featured mediocre starting pitching from both squads at times.
This was a tough series to drop for the Diamondbacks who, after their day off Monday, start a 10-game N.L. West road trip and will not have another day off until May.
This game was a wild one to kick the series off. Both Rubby De La Rosa and John Lackey were not very good in their first starts of the season, in a game that ended by score of 14-6 in favor of Chicago. After spotting him the lead in what seemed like every inning, De La Rosa coughed that lead up each time afterword. De La Rosa finished the game with only 3 1/3 innings pitched and seven runs allowed (six earned). After a clean top half of the first inning, De La Rosa seemed to not be able to get that shut down inning in the next three frames.
Lackey, who was one of the key offseason acquisitions for the Cubs, was less than stellar in his tame debut. Jean Segura drove his first pitch of the game over the fence, which started a three run first inning for the Diamondbacks. Lackey would go on to give up three more runs, but was able to give the Cubs’ bullpen a break as he still pitched through the sixth inning.
The biggest thing to come from this game was on one play. Segura drove a ball to the deep left center field gap, and Cubs outfielders Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber collided and the ball dropped. Segura ended up with an inside-the-park home run, his second homer of the game. But the real damage was in injured Schwarber who was left in pain on the ground. An MRI later revealed that Schwarber had torn both his ACL and LCL in his knee and that he would be forced to miss the rest of the season.
Next: Game No. 2