After dropping the middle two games of a road series at Coors Field, the Chicago Cubs needed a victory to head home with a series split. They scored five early runs on Sunday to back the efforts of starting pitcher Drew Smyly, who pitched 4.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
In the top of the 7th, new Cub Seiya Suzuki continued his hot start with an oppo shot over the right field wall to give the Northsiders a much-needed insurance run. He is hitting .400/.543/.960 over the opening nine games of the season, reaching base safely in every game.
Seiya draws a lot of walks.
This is not one of them. pic.twitter.com/CmVxOldx1p
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 17, 2022
David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning to secure the save.
Monday marks the beginning of interleague play for the Cubs. The Northsiders will host the Tampa Bay Rays for three games at Wrigley Field. Shane McClanahan (0-1, 3.00 ERA) will face Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 7.00 ERA) in the series opener at 7:40 PM ET.
Featured Image: Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on February 9, 2015. Coors Field is a ballpark and the home field of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies, by Katherine Welles / Shutterstock.com.