The Cubs came up short with a ninth-inning rally on Friday, falling to St. Louis in the series opener 3-2. Hitting was at least back for the Cubs batters, but it was not timely in the first eight innings with seven hits and no runs to show for. In the ninth inning that was not the story with several baserunners and key hits, but it was not enough to win.
Albert Almora: 2 for 4, 1 R
Javy Baez: 2 for 4, 1 R
Tommy La Stella: 1 for 1, 1 RBI
Ben Zobrist: 1 for 5, 1 RBI
How it Happened
There was not much scoring in this Cubs loss from either side and it came in just two innings. St. Louis put up a three-spot in the second inning via the home run off Jose Quintana that was unearned after a fielding error before. The Cubs were getting hits but not ones at the right time, failing to score until the 9th inning where something magical could have happened. Albert Almora and Javy Baez singled on well-hit balls with one out in the ninth. Tommy La Stella pinch hit for Brian Duensing and knocked in Almora via a single to center. Ben Zobrist in the next at-bat grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Baez and put Zobrist at first place on a tough double play to turn. Kris Bryant was up to bat with one on and two outs with a chance to tie or take the lead but grounded into a fielder’s choice ending the game. St. Louis won 3-2 after the Cubs close comeback.
One Great Moment
What does not get talked about enough, Kyle Schwarber has a cannon for an arm. In the first inning, Schwarber picked up the ball hit into fairly deep left field and made an astonishing throw to the plate where Willson Contreras was perfect at applying the tag and got Matt Carpenter out. Check out this really “Great Moment” of the game.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 5, 2018
The Cubs fall to 16-13 this season but still remain in third place in the NL Central.
Tyler Chatwood looks to get the Cubs back on track with a win on Saturday at 1:15 PM CT on ABC 7 and 670 The Score.