Jake Arrieta basically killed the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. He drained their soul in the Wild Card Game and sent the Pirates packing early, while getting in their heads in the process.

We all remember Sean Rodriguez throwing his epic tantrum in the dugout after the benches cleared and the hate from the end of the 2015 season is still present. On Monday, the Cubs and Pirates played for the first time since Arrieta eliminated them from postseason contention last October and we were on the verge of seeing the benches clear again.

After the Cubs built up a 6-1 lead with the help of David Ross and a throwing error by the Pirates, things got heated quickly. After hitters from both teams were hit in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, Kyle Lobstein hit Ben Zobrist to leadoff the seventh. Home plate umpire Laz Diaz warned both benches and Pirates’ catcher Francisco Cervelli starting barking at the Cubs’ dugout.

It’s great because we’re only two days into May and every time the Cubs play a good team it feels like a playoff game. The atmosphere is riveting and right now the results are wonderful.

Jason Hammel only went five innings, however he did improve to 4-0, as he only allowed two runs in Pittsburgh. The big blow for the Cubs came when Ross came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning. That gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead and then a throwing error made it 6-1.

The 7-2 win for the Cubs improved their record to 18-6.

And these two teams hate each other.

Can’t wait for the rest of their games this season.