The Chicago Cubs came out strong in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels in interleague play, with four home runs and a solid start from Cole Hamels.
Hamels breezed through a 1-2-3 first inning with a pop out from Albert Pujols, a fly out to center from Andrelton Simmons, and a ground out to short from David Fletcher.
The Cubs responded with hot bats in the home half of the inning against Angels starter Tyler Skaggs. Kris Bryant singled, and Anthony Rizzo brought himself and Bryant home on a two-run home run to put the Cubs ahead 2-0. Willson Contreras then hit another home run and the inning ended with a score of 3-0.
The Angels got on the board in the fourth inning with a solo home run from Pujols, bringing the score to 3-1.
David Bote hit yet another home run in the bottom of the fourth. Mark Zagunis and Kyle Schwarber followed with singles but were left stranded, and the inning ended with the Cubs up 4-1.
Noe Ramirez replaced Skaggs on the mound in the fifth and got a 1-2-3 inning. Bryant grounded out, Rizzo popped out, and Javier Báez struck out looking.
Contreras must have felt the Cubs needed another home run, as he hit his second of the game and the teams' fourth overall in the sixth inning. The Cubs were now ahead 5-1.
Jake Jewell took over pitching for Ramirez in the seventh and Brian Goodwin entered the game at left field. After striking out three times in his prior at-bats, Báez grounded out to first, standing two runners.
Hamels lasted eight innings with four hits, one earned run, no walks, and six strikeouts. He was relieved by Brandon Kintzler in the ninth, who closed it out beautifully. Simmons was thrown out with a soft grounder, Contreras to Rizzo, Pujols grounded out to Báez who threw to Rizzo, and the final out came on a 1-4-3 out to Jonathan Lucroy.