Chicago Cubs rally past Dodgers behind Bryant’s two homers
It has been a winning road trip thus far for the Chicago Cubs who swept the Padres before riding to Los Angeles. With the starting rotation reset, Mike Montgomery took the mound in the series opener opposite Bud Norris.
But before we reflect on what went down in last night’s thriller, let’s look back on the past three games. First off, both Addison Russell and Kris Bryant have been excellent for the Cubs in the batter’s box.
Dating back to last Friday, Joe Maddon‘s shortstop has tallied five home runs with a handful of RBI. As for his third baseman, Bryant is making a strong case for N.L. MVP honors alongside his teammate. Since August 18th, Kris has launched seven homers, 16 RBI, and one double in 35 at-bats.
Last night, the 24-year-old slugger surpassed Nolan Arenado for the National League lead in home runs with 35.
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His first home run of the game came during the eighth inning — a 422 moonshot out to center field. This made it a one-run ballgame, giving the Cubs an opportunity to tie things up later on in the ninth.
Which was surprising, to say the least, considering how well Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has pitched this season. A wild pitch allowed right-fielder Jason Heyward to cross home plate with Miguel Montero at the dish.
The Dodgers recorded three runs on groundouts while Adrian Gonzalez hammered a solo home run of his own. Not to mention, a fantastic defensive play by veteran second baseman Chase Utley.
Utley chased down a ground ball off the bat of Ben Zobrist with runners on the corners, throwing to Gonzalez from his back. His defensive gem gave the L.A. crowd something too crazy over until Bryant took matters into his own hands.
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Now, moments after Dexter Fowler singled out to center field, Kris jumped on the second pitch of the at-bat. It was a fastball left over the plate and gave the Cubs a two-run lead.
Tomorrow afternoon, Chicago will send Jason Hammel to the mound to take on rookie right-hander Jose Urias. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 P.M. central time and will air live on WGN, FS1, and 670 The Score.