As if Cookie Monster was going to be the highlight. (OK, but that was pretty cool.)
With Tyler Chatwood falling apart after a dominant first inning, it seemed like dreams of Craig Kimbrel making his Cubs debut at Wrigley Field for the save were just that – dreams. The Cubs were down 6-1 in the blink of an eye, and that was that.
Except it wasn’t! The bats – and Tyler Flowers – obliged on a big offensive run that put the Cubs in a position to need their new closer in the 9th. It was a ridiculous comeback befitting a huge debut.
Craig Kimbrel made the debut with a two-run cushion, getting two quick outs, then allowing two baserunners before Freddie Freeman grounded out to Anthony Rizzo to end the game. In typically dramatic fashion, Kimbrel forgot to cover first base, so Rizzo had to make an incredible diving play to end it. Wow. What a game. More soon.