Anderson beat his former team with five solid innings, and Almora made two outstanding catches against the ivy as the Chicago Cubs blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0. The lefty lowered his ERA to 0.84 through two starts with his new club.
The Cubs will receive their 2016 World Series championship rings prior to Wednesday night's game against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. It was the final out of the third inning, and it stranded a runner at second to preserve what was a 1-0 lead.
Almora later prevented Seager of another extra-base hit, stranding Hernandez with a running catch on the warning track with his back to home plate. Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run of the season in the first inning, a drive to right-center. Pittsburgh counters with RHP Gerrit Cole (0-1, 6.55 ERA), who is coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season. Rizzo's no-doubter landed in a fan's beer in the bleachers located in right-center.
"Wrigley got us, man", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "That came out hot".
At the bottom of the outer band, the team's motto "We never quit" is written, and the inside of the band includes the local date and time the championship was won: "11-3-16, 12:47 am", as well as the scores and logos of the teams the Cubs beat during the playoffs.
"I'll remember this day for as long as I play baseball", Rizzo said.More news: Hundreds descend on Priest Point Park for Easter egg fun
"They said everything's good with my knee and we'll see tomorrow how I feel", Rondon said.
It might be a little bigger than that, considering the ubiquity of Cubs T-shirt themes ranging from rain delays to not sucking, from target embracing to choking up with two strikes on Sunday getaway days (that last one might not actually exist yet). "We've got even better athletes in a way out there".
As far as the rest of the night went, they knocked pretty much everything else out of the park.
The reigning World Series winners capped an evening of celebration with a walk-off 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rain-delayed game that drifted into the early hours of Tuesday.
The teams will conclude the season series May 26-28 in Los Angeles. The Cubs then used a combination of Carl Edwards, Jr., Koji Uehara and Wade Davis to finish up blanking the Dodgers. The actual first base used in the ninth and 10th innings of Game 7 of the World Series is up for auction, but it won't be cheap.
"I thought the velocity was a little down today", Roberts said of Ryu.More news: May calls snap UK election for June 8
Rockies 3, Giants 1: Trevor Story hit a two-run homer and five Colorado pitchers combined on a five-hitter in the Rockies' win.
Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo (0-1) worked 1 1/3 innings. He's on the 10-day disabled list.
Hector Rondon will be re-evaluated on Thursday after having to drop the game in the ninth with a sore left knee.
"It's a throw he would make nearly 100 percent of the time", Maddon said.
BREWERS 5, REDS 1: Jimmy Nelson turned in his second straight strong start, Ryan Braun and Eric Thames homered and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped Cincinnati's four-game winning streak, knocking off the Reds Thursday night.
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