After Tuesday’s loss and Wednesday’s postponement to Thursday, the Cubs and Jon Lester were looking for momentum and got just that with an 8-5 win over the Redbirds to tie the series 1-1.
Jason Heyward: 2 for 4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Javy Baez: 2 for 5, 2 R
Kris Bryant: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Kyle Schwarber: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Jon Lester: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, Win
How it Happened
St. Louis scored first off Jon Lester’s one mistake in the first inning, up 1-0 but the Cubs had an immediate answer and never looked back. Javy Baez tripled to deep right center in his new batting spot, then Kris Bryant backed him up with a single to follow, tying the game up 1-1. A few at-bats later with two outs still in the same inning, Kyle Schwarber singled to center to score Bryant giving the Cubs a 2-1 edge. Then in just the second inning, the Cubs delivered four more runs off Cardinals starter Luke Weaver. Albert Almora, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber each singled to knock in one run each time while Kris Bryant sacrificed to center to knock in the fourth run, giving the Cubs a 6-1 lead in just the second inning.
The score would hold up at 6-1 until the fifth inning when Jason Heyward blasted a home run to right field on the third pitch to extend the Cubs lead to 8-1 with Addison Russell scoring on the play. Off Eddie Butler and Steve Cishek, the Cardinals were able to put up a four-spot in the seventh inning but still was not enough to overcome the massive lead the Cubs built over the first five innings. Carl Edwards picked up the hold, while Brandon Morrow recorded his third save of the season as the Cubs went on to win 8-5 with a dominant pitching performance from Jon Lester.
One Great Moment
In his fourth season managing the Cubs, you could say Joe Maddon has done a pretty incredible job of turning around an 89-loss team in 2014 to an immediate playoff contender with the help of young talent coming in and offseason acquisitions. Maddon won us a World Series which we will never forget and won quite a few games along the way. Today, he picked up career win No. 300 as the Manager of the Cubs.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 19, 2018
The Cubs improve to 8-8 and remain in fourth place in the NL Central.
Kyle Hendricks opens up the new road series against Colorado on Friday at 7:40 PM Central on WGN and 670 The Score.