The Chicago Cubs came down to the 9th needing a rally, and they got it. They loaded the bases without getting a ball to leave the infield–until Ian Happ hit a two-run single to give them the lead.
The Chicago Cubs got an excellent pitching performance from Yu Darvish, something that the fans needed as much as the Cubs. After struggling in his first outing, Darvish struck out nine over six innings. He didn’t get the win, but I think he’ll be alright with that. After allowing a game-tying home run to Eric Thames, Darvish left in a tie game. After Pedro Strop gave up the sacrifice fly to Lorenzo Cain, he struck out Thames to end the inning.
It was errors, walks and errors as the Cubs made their comeback. They loaded the bases without getting a hit to leave the infield. Ben Zobrist brought home the tying run. The Ian Happ came up with a big hit to left field to score two. A sac bunt from pinch-hitter Jon Lester–you heard that right–was the icing on the cake. Brandon Morrow got his opportunity for his first save as the Cubs rallied to win, 5-2.
As we watch Anthony Rizzo, all we can think is “what’s wrong with Rizzo?” But if you look at his past, you realize there’s isn’t anything wrong. This is simply how Rizzo starts. No, it’s not ideal. And the stiff back he’s dealing with? It seems like this is something he goes through every year, as well. In the next few weeks, Rizzo will start hitting like, well, Rizzo. He’s a slow starter, always has been.
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