On one side was the Milwaukee Brewers, considered the favorite by many to win the National League Central Division title, with the reigning Cy Young Award

“It was actually really fun,” Suzuki said through Toy Matsushita, his interpreter. “In all my at-bats, I was able to be myself, so I just enjoyed the game today.”

Suzuki, making his MLB debut, went 1-for-2 with a single, two walks and a strikeout. He batted sixth and played right field.

You don't know what's going on inside, but he was as calm as could be, it seemed like,” Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said of Suzuki.

Taking the right pitches, great approach, getting to the next guy, taking his walks, and putting good swings on good pitches.