Chicago Cubs News: Cubs battle back to beat the Blue Jays in 10th

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 20: Javier Baez
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 20: Javier Baez /

The Chicago Cubs rallied from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5 to secure the weekend sweep.

The Chicago Cubs looked to be on their way to a series sweep early on. After a bases-clearing double from Albert Almora, the 3-0 lead for Kyle Hendricks looked like it would be enough with the way he had been pitching. But alas, that wasn’t the case for the Cubs. Hendricks was hit hard for much of the afternoon, and the Jays tied it with a run in three straight innings, capped by a Miguel Montero home run.

In the top of the 10th, the Jays scored twice, and the Cubs were down–but not out. With only two hits in the entire inning, the Cubs rallied to score three times. Two dropped third strikes led to two base runners, a wild pitch, a hit batter–and then the two-run single from Alex Avila to with the game. Not to be forgotten, the excellent slide Javier Baez pulled off for the game winner.

When the Cubs signed Brian Duensing, nobody seemed to take notice of it. Even Duensing wondered “why him” during a CubsTalk podcast. It turns out that signing was one of the best of the offseason. With Mike Montgomery being shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen, Duensing has been the go-to lefty in the pen, and he’s gotten the job done more often than not.

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