MILWAUKEE - Brett Anderson's Cubs debut quickly became a side story just three pitches after he left Friday's game in the sixth inning at Miller Park.
When Hernan Perez lifted a blooper in between Jason Heyward and Javy Baez in shallow center field, the focus quickly shifted to the nasty collision between the two Cubs defenders.
Both Baez and Heyward avoided any serious injuries, but the Cubs wound up losing the game in a 2-1 extra-inning affair.
Still, Anderson made a nice impression on his new team, allowing only the solo tally in 5.2 innings on five hits and a walk while striking out four.
The run came in the sixth when, after Anderson retired the first two hitters, Travis Shaw singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored when Jesus Aguilar punched a ball just past the infield.
"I felt good about giving us a chance, but bad about giving up a hit at the most inopportune time of my outing," Anderson said. "Probably 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 in the first than a weak-hit single there in the sixth.
"But from a personal standpoint, healthwise, bodywise, giving us a chance to win, I was overall pleased with that. ... In my mind, the game should've been 1-0 and we should've won, but that's not the way it worked out unfortunately."
Anderson admitted to some nerves early and acknowledged he may have been a little more amped for this game overall.
"[You have nerves] anytime you make your first start of the year regardless of where it's at, but also heightened - it's a new team, it's the team coming off a World Series," Anderson said. "I've been around spring, but you wanna show why you're here and why you belong and you're gonna fit in with the other four, five guys in the rotation.
"Aside from a few pitches here and there, I feel like I did that and hopefully I can take that going forward."