PHOENIX -- With a lineup boasting eight right-handers Friday, the Cubs were strategically set up to face D-backs left-hander Joe Saunders.
But just minutes before first pitch during warmups, Saunders was scratched for what the team called an inability to get loose. In his place, the D-backs called upon onetime starter and current relief pitcher Josh Collmenter, a right-hander.
Unable to put together rallies with the righty-on-righty matchups and going 1-for-8 while plating no runs with runners in scoring position, the Cubs dropped the series opener to the D-backs, 6-1, at Chase Field.
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