The Chicago Cubs wasted a strong start from Kyle Hendricks and an outstanding relief appearance from Eddie Butler in a 17-inning loss on Friday night.
After an Opening Day win in which the bats led the way to victory, the offense fell flat in a five-plus hour content Friday. Despite multiple chances to come away with a win, the Chicago Cubs fell to the Miami Marlins in 17 innings by a 2-1 final.
The bad? Easy. 20 strikeouts and an 0-for-11 night with runners in scoring position. The good? Kris Bryant launched his first home run of the season, Kyle Hendricks turned in a very strong debut and Eddie Butler tossed seven innings out of the pen for Joe Maddon. That last point may very well prove pivotal in the final two games of this season-opening series.
Saturday, of course, marks Yu Darvish‘s debut as a Cub. The team’s key offseason acquisition makes his first career start at Marlins Park after spending all but part of one season in the American League.
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