Ian Happ gets 3 hits as Cubs beat Brewers on Opening Day

Chicago (CBS/AP) – Ian Happ had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Day 1 on Thursday.

Nico Horner hit the first homer of the 2022 Majors and Kyle Hendrix pitched neatly in the sixth as he scored seven runs, helping Chicago win on a cold, chilly afternoon at Wrigley Field. Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki reached three times and scored in his first major league game.

On a first and debut-filled day, Milwaukee ace Corbin Burns and catcher Omar Narvaez became the first battery to use baseball’s new electronic pitch-calling system in a regular-season game. The 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Suzuki singled out and relegated twice for his first major league hit in fifth place. The 27-year-old finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with Chicago in March in the biggest move of the Cubs’ off-season.

Andrew McCutcheon, Willie Adams and Rowdy Tellez hit two each for Milwaukee, and Lorenzo Cain scored two. McCutchen served as a designated hitter in his first game with his new team after agreeing to a one-year deal last month.

The Brewers erased a 3–1 deficit with two runs in the seventh, but the Cubs went on to stay in the bottom half.

With runners on the corners and two outsides, Hap hit a drive from Jake Cousins ​​that was off the wall in the center. Clint Frazier and Wilson Contreras scored on Happ’s second double of the day.

The defending NL Central champions got once again at Cain’s sacrifice in eighth, but David Robertson finished ninth for his first save since 2018 and number 138 for the rest of his career.

Aaron Ashby (0-1) lost. He was charged with one run and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Making his third consecutive opening-day debut, Hendrix allowed one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-handed batsman had a career-high 4.77 ERA last year, scoring seven runs and scoring three runs.

Chris Martin (1-0) took two outs for the win in his Cubs debut.

The Brewers jumped forward when McCutcheon singled out and scored the major’s first on Cain’s groundout in the fourth. But the Cubs responded with three in the fifth.

Patrick Wisdom hit a sacrificial fly before Horner left the pitch 1–1 from Burns for a two-run shot to the left in the bleachers. This was Horner’s first major league homer since September 21, 2019, against St. Louis.

Horner was overjoyed to provide Pop.

“When I wake up and go to work or anything like that wasn’t exactly on my mind, but of course, everybody wants to score more home runs,” Horner said. “And that’s part of what I can do. It’s something I can’t force, but it will happen over time.”

Hendrix said Thursday’s opening day was a great day after the worst season of his career.

“A quick spring to get out of here — with all the uncertainties, it’s good to be back to normal playing baseball,” Hendrix said. “You see the energy, everyone sees the guys, and it was just a great game all around – you know, grinding the batsmen, making plays, and making big pitches at the right time – so a lot of fun today. “

“This team is going to figure out our MOs. We’re going to find out who we are. And I think a big part of that is starting from day one,” Happ said.

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Victor Caratini made his debut in Milwaukee when he came on to catch Ashby in the bottom of the sixth. Cartini was acquired in a trade with San Diego on Wednesday.

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Brewers: INF Luis Urias (left quad strain) and RHP Justin Topa (right forearm flexor strain) were placed on the 10-day injured list. Each IL term was made retroactive to Monday.

Cubs: RHP Alec Mills (low back strain), LHP Wade Miley (elbow swelling) and SS Anderleton Simmons (right shoulder swelling) moved on 10-day IL. Each IL term was made retroactive to Monday.

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Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff and Cubs left-hander Justin Steele start on Friday afternoon. But there is a chilly mix of rainfall in the forecast. Woodruff went 9-10 early last year with a career-best 2.56 ERA in 30. Steele made his big league debut in 2021, going 4-4 ​​with a 4.26 ERA in 20 appearances, including nine starts.

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