Down 10-2 in just the fourth inning, the chances for the Cubs winning at Wrigley Field looked scarce. Being the exciting team they are, the Cubs rallied in the eighth inning with a nine-run thriller to beat the Braves 14-10 and tie up the series.
Ben Zobrist: 3 for 3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Kris Bryant: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB
Javy Baez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 4 RBI
Kyle Schwarber: 1 for 1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
How it Happened
The craziness started through the first four innings with the Braves leading 10-2, and the Cubs only two runs coming from Albert Almora. He homered in the first when it was tied 1-1, but Jose Quintana was pulled in the third inning and things went downhill. Things did not look good for Quintana nor Eddie Butler who came in for relief, but the Cubs had a miracle comeback in them. It started in the sixth inning when Kyle Schwarber was walked with the bases loaded to score Ben Zobrist, making it a 10-3 deficit. The Cubs would strand those three but weren’t out yet. In the very next inning. Ben Zobrist tripled after Kris Bryant was walked making it still a 10-4 Braves lead. Javy Baez grounded out to the shortstop for the second out, but Zobrist was able to score making it now only a 10-5 Braves lead.
Then in the eighth inning, everything broke open for the Cubs. With two outs and the bases loaded, Willson Contreras singled to the catcher that scored Jason Heyward, for a 10-6 Braves lead. In the very next at-bat, Ben Zobrist took a 4-pitch walk still with the bases loaded to narrow the gap 10-7. Up next was the play of the game from Javy Baez who tripled out to center that scored three runners tying the game up 10-10 after an amazing Cubs comeback. They weren’t done yet, with back-to-back walks issued to Kyle Schwarber and Tommy La Stella each with the bases loaded for insurance runs that gave the Cubs a 12-10 lead. After putting up ten runs in the past three innings, the Cubs still weren’t done yet. With an insane play that scored 2 runs after a bad throw by the catcher into the outfield and a throw that hit Kyle Schwarber at the plate, the Cubs had a four-run lead going into the ninth. Brandon Morrow pitched a clean three outs with only one walk to keep the score at 14-10 and win the game.
One Great Moment
There are obviously many plays that are worth highlighting for our “One Great Moment”, but there can only be one. Javy Baez’s triple in the eighth with two outs that tied the game up 10-10 after a miraculous Cubs comeback.
TIE GAME! 3-run double for Javy Baez! pic.twitter.com/t1PK7avvbE
— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) April 14, 2018
The Cubs move back up to .500 at 7-7, sitting in third place in the NL Central. St. Louis won again who is in second place, while the Pirates lost who are in first place. The Brew Crew are still behind the Cubs, and Cincinnati continues to stink.
Tyler Chatwood takes the mound in the series finale on Sunday at 1:20 PM CT on WGN and 670 The Score.