The Cubs offense exploded once again, as they beat the Rockies in the road series opener 16-5 on Friday night.
Javy Baez: 4 for 6, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Albert Almora: 4 for 6, 4 R, 1 RBI
Kyle Schwarber: 3 for 4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Kris Bryant: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Jason Heyward: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Kyle Hendricks: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, Win
How it Happened
In just the top of the first inning with Javy Baez up to bat in the second batter faced for Jon Gray, the Rockies Starter, Baez blasted a two-run home run into deep right field that gave the Cubs an early 2-0 advantage. Kyle Hendricks pitched phenomenal for the Cubs in the second through fifth innings with the exception of a slow start in the first inning. Hendricks gave up three runs to the Rockies as they took the lead 3-2, but he settled down and was lights out for the rest of his performance. The Cubs tied the game back up 3-3 in the third inning, when Anthony Rizzo grounded into a double play where Albert Almora was able to score.
Then came the fifth and sixth innings where the Cubs brook loose and went on a scoring rampage. With an Anthony Rizzo groundout and then a Willson Contreras single produced by an error, the Cubs were up 5-3 and looked to be in good shape. They felt it wasn’t enough when the sixth inning rolled around. Jason Heyward tripled to score Addison Russell, 6-3 Cubs lead. Albert Almora and Javy Baez each singled to score three runs, 9-3 Cubs lead. Then Kyle Schwarber put the icing on the cake with a three-run monster home run that made it a 12-3 Cubs lead.
The Cubs still weren’t done and needed some insurance runs, to ensure they won this game. In the top of the eighth inning, Willson Contreras doubled, Kyle Schwarber singled, and then Jason Heyward singled making it a monster 15-4 Cubs lead. Kris Bryant still didn’t think they poured it on enough with an RBI single in the ninth that gave the Cubs a 16-4 lead. During the middle of that huge Cubs stretch from the fifth to ninth inning, the Rockies scored… one run. The Cubs would end up winning 16-5 after Colorado received a run off a double play in the bottom of the ninth.
One Great Moment
There are a few things you could pick out from a 16-5 Cubs win, but there’s one that really stands out and it was Javy Baez’s home run in the first. The funny thing is that Baez made his MLB debut against the Rockies and hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning for a 6-5 win at Coors Field. His home run from Friday’s game looked all too similar to that same one from 2014. The Cubs Twitter did a side-by-side comparison and it’s very scary (in a good way).
Time is a flat circle. pic.twitter.com/9pe3POrI6l
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 21, 2018
The Cubs improve to 9-8 and remain in fourth place in the NL Central.
Yu Darvish takes the mound in game two of three in this series on Saturday night at 7:10 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.