Chicago Cubs double their way past the Braves in 5-3 win
By David Miniel
Miller tough during first half; Bats come alive late
For awhile, it looked as if the Atlanta Braves were going to even the series considering how well starting pitcher Shelby Miller started the game. It took this offense awhile, but the Chicago Cubs were able to knock him out of the game and claim the second game of the series by the final score of 5-3 on 90’s Day at Wrigley Field.
Players came up to hit classics from Britney Spears, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Enrique Iglesias, and MC Hammer throughout the game and even had Harry Caray conducting the seventh inning stretch.
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Former Cub play-by-play man, Skip Caray, was shown standing with a big smile on his face while his grandfather, Harry, did his thing on the video board in left field.
Shortly after the Braves (53-69) grabbed the 1-0 lead over Kyle Hendricks in the first, outfielder Chris Coghlan drilled an opposite field home run that landed in the basket to tie things up.
Neither team would be able to score until the fourth inning when Nick Markakis lined an RBI double to left-center, scoring both Pedro Ciriaco and Andrelton Simmons.
Simmons made a couple of great plays but was charged with his fourth error of the season later. The Cubs (69-51) offense finally came alive during the bottom half of the sixth after Anthony Rizzo worked a six-pitch walk.
Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant lined a hard hit ball to left field which hopped off the wall and bounced away from Michael Bourn, allowing Rizzo to score from first. Veteran catcher Miguel Montero followed that up with an RBI double of his own to right-center field, pushing Bryant across from second to give the Cubs the 4-3 lead.
Hendricks (6-5, 4.03 ERA) was hoping to redeem himself after a short outing against the Chicago White Sox this past weekend but was unable to put himself in line for his seventh win.
Atlanta tagged him for three earned runs on seven hits while issuing one walk and recording seven strikeouts. His counterpart, Miller (5-10, 2.50 ERA), surrendered three earned runs on six hits with four key walks and eight strikeouts.
Outfielder Dexter Fowler robbed Cameron Maybin of what could have been a triple with a leaping grab on a hard hit ball that almost got over his head. Fowler finished 0-for-3 at the plate, ending his hitting streak.