The Chicago Cubs were looking to put together two wins in a row after defeating the Chicago White Sox in the final game of the four-game series. They continued their road trip as they rolled into Atlanta to take on the Braves to kick off a three-game set.
Third baseman Mike Olt hit another home run tonight, a solo shot that would give the Cubs a 1-0 lead during the top of the third. That would be Olt’s second home run in two days – he launched a grand slam against the White Sox during last night’s contest. Atlanta would take a 2-1 lead during the bottom half of the inning. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel took the mound today and had himself a solid night.
Hammel worked through seven innings as he allowed the Braves to tally seven hits but only allowed them to get two runs. He struck out five before he was replaced by Zac Rosscup. Ryan Kalish would tie the game during the top of the ninth inning on an RBI single to left field to drive in Chris Coghlan. Kalish would reach second base on a fielding error by left fielder Justin Upton.
Reliever Wesley Wright would come out of the bullpen and pitch during the bottom of the 10th inning where he would end up intentionally walking Justin Upton. Braves outfielder Jason Heyward picked up his sixth stolen base on the season by swiping second before Upton was handed first.
First baseman Freddie Freeman would single to center field to win the ballgame in extra innings.
Winning pitcher tonight is Alex Wood (3-5, 2.93 ERA) losing pitcher is Wesley Wright (0-1, 2.38 ERA).
Final Score: Braves 3, Cubs 2.
Chicago Cubs fall to 12-22 on the season.