CHICAGO – The Cubs returned to action today following yesterday’s delayed drubbing against the Phillies. Tonight’s game featured a great pitching match-up between Jon Lester, still looking for his first win, and Jeremy Hellickson, who’s looking for his 5th win on the year. The Cubs look to rebound and pick up a much needed series equalizing win.
Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr started things off for the Phils’ in the top of the first inning with a solo home run off Lester to put the Phils’ ahead 1-0. Kris Bryant homered in the bottom half of the inning, raising his batting average to .294 on the year, a great sign considering his opening season woes.
In the bottom of the third, Javier Baez homered, his second in the last two games. Jon Lester seemingly settled in and looked like his old self, a self Cubs fans are hoping will return to bring some stability to the pitching staff.
I may have spoke to soon because in the very next inning, Tommy Joseph doubled off Lester, scoring Michael Saunders, evening the ball game. Kyle Schwarber, who has been struggling as of late, hit a three-run home run in the bottom half of the fourth, putting the Cubs in the lead 5-2. Ben Zobrist then doubled, scoring Kris Bryant but Anthony Rizzo was thrown out trying to score on the hit. Heading into the fifth, the Cubs lead 6-2.
In the top of the fifth, Saunders grounded out with bases loaded but was able to score Cesar Hernandez in the process. In the bottom half of the inning, Baez continued his hot stroke, hitting a bases clearing triple, scoring Addison Russell and Willson Contreras. The Cubs led 8-3 after five innings on the North Side on Tuesday evening.
In the sixth, Carl Edwards Jr. relieved Lester, ending his night. Lester’s final stat line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3R/4ER, 5 BB, 5 K. Edwards and Hector Rondon combined to toss three scoreless innings for the Cubs before turning it over to Wade Davis in the ninth inning. Davis retired the Phillies without much to speak about, locking down the victory for the Cubs on Tuesday night.
Kris Bryant: 2-4, HR, RBI
Kyle Schwarber: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, R
Javier Baez: 4-4, HR, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Aaron Altherr: 2-3, RBI, R, BB
The Cubs (14-12) return to action tomorrow to take on the Phillies (12-13) in third game of the series at Wrigley Field. The pitching match-up for tomorrow is as follows: Jake Arrieta (3-1) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (0-2).
First Pitch: 7:05 PM (CT) TV: CSN-Chicago Radio: WSCR-670AM Streaming: NBC Sports Live App