After making only four appearances in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a back injury, left-hander Brett Anderson was pleased that he threw 5 2/3 innings Friday night in his Chicago Cubs debut.
But Anderson was annoyed by a hanging curve that Jesus Aguilar smacked for a game-tying single that prevented him from finishing the inning.
“I felt good about giving us a chance but bad about giving up a hit at an inopportune time,” Anderson said. “It probably was one of the worst pitches I threw all day. And even though it wasn’t hit hard, you’d almost feel better about giving up a 500-foot homer.
But Maddon, who already was without the services of Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards, was forced to use Grimm to get out of a jam and then pinch-hit for him the following inning.
That eventually led to left-hander Mike Montgomery going 2 1/3 innings but throwing a wild pitch on his 46th pitch with the bases loaded that enabled the Brewers to pull out a 2-1 win in 11 innings.
Anderson, meanwhile, admitted to some nerves in his first start with the Cubs.
“Any time you make your first start of year, with a new team and a team coming off a World Series, you kind of want to show why you’re here and why you belong,” said Anderson, who had the support of his mother, sister, grandmother and girlfriend in the stands.
Anderson’s father Frank, however, was busy in his pitching coach duties for the University of Houston.
“I’m sure my dad was following along,” Anderson said.