The Cubs offense could get nothing going through the first 5.5 innings of Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers were staked to a 3-0 lead and looked to be cruising to victory. Then Chicago had an explosive inning that was just enough to pull out the come-from-behind win.
Cole Hamels opened the game pitching around a pair of walks to Justin Turner and David Freese. Walker Buehler side-stepped a Kris Bryant single for a clean bottom of the 1st.
The first run of the game came in the top of the 4th inning. Hamels walked a pair of lefties, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger with two down. Chris Taylor grounded to Anthony Rizzo at first, but Cole was late breaking for base and Taylor beat the throw. Seager never stopped running around third and scored a run.
Hamels walked a total of six Dodgers and was well over 100 pitches in the 6th inning. AJ Pollock singled through a hole in the shift for LA's second hit and Bellinger followed him with a two-run homer to make it 3-0. Brad Brach took over and got the final two outs of the frame.
Daniel Descalso hit a one-out single in the bottom of the 6th. Rizzo walked one hitter later to put two on with two outs for Javy Báez. Buehler jumped ahead of Javy with two strikes, then he opted for a 0-2 slider. Problem was he hung said slider. El Mago thanked him for the gift and sent it to the bleachers in left for a game-tying three-run jack.
Lefty Scott Alexander replaced the starter and was greeted by a double from pinch-hitter, and dad for a third time, David Bote. Willson Contreras was walked intentionally to bring Jason Heyward to bat. Alexander left a fastball out over the outside corner and J-Hey scalded it to the left-center field basket for the Cubs second three-run dinger of the inning.
Brandon Kintzler had a 1-2-3 7th before the Cubs added an insurance run in the bottom half. Bryant was hit with a pitch from reliever Joe Kelly with two down. Tony Rizzo smoked a double into the right-center gap to score KB and make it 7-3.
That run turned out to be very important, as Steve Cishek ran into trouble in the 8th. The firm of Seager and Bellinger singled to put two runners on with two men out. Highly touted rookie Alex Verdugo then slammed his own three-run bomb to cut the lead to 7-6.
Pedro Strop got the 9th inning and appeared to strike out Max Muncy on a check swing, but it was called no swing. Muncy would eventually walk to open the inning. Strop was not deterred, however, he stuck out Kiké Hernandez and got Turner to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to save the 7-6 win.
Javy B. Good
Javier Báez is an absolute joy to watch play baseball. Wednesday it was clutch hitting and power, other times it's base running or defense. No matter what it is, he helps his team win every day. His cannon arm makes throws deep in the hole almost feel routine. I can't stress how important he is to this team, ok I'll stop, but I could do this all night.
Bryzzo Waking Up?
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are showing signs of life at the plate. Rizzo had the big double and Kris had two very well struck hits. His double in the 3rd nearly scored Descalso if not for a perfect relay throw from Hernandez nailed him at home. If the corporation can get hot, this offense could be unstoppable.
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