Doubleheaders are exhausting, especially when you're playing a red hot team in extra innings! After losing game one by giving up two runs in the 9th inning, the Cubs fought hard and won it 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning of game two.
Mike Montgomery took the mound for the Cubs, and he was impressive, as per usual. He pitched six strong innings giving up only one run on five hits. That run came in the top of the 6th inning where Austin Barnes singled scoring Cody Bellinger. Montgomery giving up just one run was impressive, especially considering the jam he found himself in during the 2nd inning. He issued back-to-back walks to Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger to lead off the frame. Logan Forsythe was next, and he singled to load the bases with nobody out. Montgomery was able to gather himself and strike out Austin Barnes and Rich Hill consecutively. The last out of that inning came on a fly out by Chris Taylor. Montgomery has done nothing short of amazing work as a starter this season. In all five of his starts this season, he has gone six innings, giving up only one run. He is the ONLY pitcher in Cubs history with five plus innings and one or fewer runs allowed in their first five starts. Talk about impressive!
Dodgers starter Rich Hill did much of the same. He kept the Cubs scoreless over six innings, giving up three scattered hits. The Cubs knew that they only way they'd get this win was by getting to the bullpen, and they did just that. After Dodgers reliever Erik Goeddel took over in the 7th, Kyle Schwarber took him deep for his 13th home run of the season, tying the game at one.
It wouldn't be a Cubs extra-inning game without added drama, so naturally the Dodgers were able to load the bases in the top of the 10th inning. Justin Hancock was pitching for the Cubs and he walked Justin Turner on four pitches to lead off the inning. He then retired both Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig, and the Cubs were just one out away from a sigh of relief. But, that didn't happen as Cody Bellinger singled, and Logan Forsythe walked to load the bases. Joe Maddon chose to bring in Rob Zastryzny to try and shut the thing down. Zastryzny faced just one batter, Yasmani Grandal and got him to fly out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Cubs wasted no time at all. Kris Bryant led off with a triple, and it was at that moment that I threw my hands up in victory saying "The Cubs are going to win." The Dodgers didn't want to take their chances with Javy because they knew Javy would crush a homer, so they intentionally walked him instead. With two men on and nobody out, Albert Almora stepped in and hit a walk-off single!
The Cubs really needed this win, especially after how this afternoon's game went. The Cubs will shut this series out tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. on WGN. Jon Lester will take the mound, and he will be opposed by Ross Stripling. The Cubs currently sit 0.5 games back of the Brewers. Let's hope that all changes tomorrow!
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