The World Series champion Chicago Cubs received their World Series rings during a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night (more on that below). Here’s how you can watch the game . Now here is our daily look around the league. Make sure you check back often for updates.
But the visiting Dodgers weren’t in an accommodating mood. Outfielder Andrew Toles cracked the first leadoff homer of his career, and Brandon McCarthy did the rest. In his first start of the season, McCarthy pitched well against the Padres, but suffocating the Cubs was a much more onerous task.
That’s what he did, though, as McCarthy blanked the Cubs over six innings while striking out four and walking three. In 2016, the Cubs were shut out just six times all year. McCarthy’s counterpart, John Lackey, also pitched well, as he struck out 10 in six innings of work.
Consolation for the Cubs (besides, you know, those new World Series rings)? Jason Heyward and his reconstructed swing notched a steal and a stolen base. He’s now registered at least one hit in seven of eight games this season, and he’s batting a respectable .296/.367/.370 thus far. At no point last season did Heyward bat higher than .260.