How it happened: Jeff Samardzija allowed five runs on seven hits, getting knocked out in the sixth inning in the opener in the desert. The Cubs only managed one run off the Diamondbacks bullpen, which was quickly called to duty when starter Joe Saunders was scratched just before game time. Geovany Soto hit a solo homer in the fourth to give the Cubs a brief lead.
What it means: With a loss to a hot home team, the Cubs are now just 10-27 on the road and 24-46 overall, the worst winning percentage in baseball (.343).
Outside the box: As the Cubs offense continues to struggle, the possibility of an Anthony Rizzo call-up looms. Rizzo can be added to the roster on Saturday without the Cubs starting his free agent clock this season.