The Chicago Cubs thumped the Angels 6-1 to open the season with a two game sweep of the series. Lester was outstanding on the mound pitching seven innings, he allowed only four hits, no walks, and four strike outs. The bullpen pitched the last two innings in the shutdown of the Angels. He was threatened in the sixth when the Angels pushed across the single, but that was as close as the Angels could get.
The Cubs used the home run ball to get things going when Matt Szczur crushed a ball, and followed with a two-run blast in the fourth inning with two, and the Cubs didn't look back. Dexter Fowler would a run a two-run shot himself in the seventh inning to put the finishing touches on the Cubs rout.
Jon Lester got off to a slow start in 2015, so jumping out with an outstanding performance in his first start of the season has to bode well for the Cubs. The Cubs win their first two games of the season for the first time since the 1995 season. The Cubs head to Arizona for a four-game series starting on Thursday night with John Lackey making his Cubs debut.