The Cubs won their third straight game and swept the Marlins at home on Wednesday afternoon with another offensive explosion, beating Miami 13-4. Kris Bryant crushed career home run #100 and Anthony Rizzo drove in 5 runs as part of the big game for the Cubs.
Anthony Rizzo: 3 for 5, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Willson Contreras: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI
Addison Russell: 3 for 3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Kris Bryant: 2 for 4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Albert Almora: 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 BB
Jose Quintana: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, Win
How it Happened
After hitting career home run 99 just the other night, it took Kris Bryant just a few at-bats in between that homer and his 100th career home run today. Bryant blasted a ball into the left-field bleachers in just the first inning, putting the Cubs up 1-0. The Cubs were held scoreless in the next inning despite the early start but made up for it in a big way, with an 8-run third inning. Kris Bryant doubled, Javy Baez singled, Anthony Rizzo homered, David Bote hit a sac-fly, and Addison Russell homered all in the same inning off Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen pounding Miami with a 9-0 lead. In the next inning, Anthony Rizzo doubled to deep right scoring Albert Almora putting the Cubs up 10-1.
Just when things couldn’t possibly get any better for the Cubs, they did. In the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras each hit RBI doubles on back-to-back plays increasing the score to 12-1. The bullpen gave up two runs in the seventh, but David Bote got one back in eighth with an RBI single making it 13-3 Cubs. Mike Montgomery gave up a home run to the first batter in the ninth but got the next three out with ease as the Cubs went on to win 13-4 and sweep the Marlins.
One Great Moment
Kris Bryant has already had an incredible career in just four seasons. Bryant has won NL MVP, NL Rookie of the Year, NL Hank Aaron Award, two All-Star bids, and of course the World Series in 2016. 100 career home runs are, something to celebrate and that is our “One Great Moment” of the game when Bryant crushed a ball in the first inning.
5/9/15: @KrisBryant_23 hits career home run No. 1
5/9/18: KB hits career home run No. ? pic.twitter.com/pcdB6eNZXU
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 9, 2018
Cubs improve to 19-15 this season and still remain in fourth place in the NL Central. However, they are just one game back now of the first place Cardinals with 20 wins.
Tyler Chatwood looks to keep the momentum rolling for the Cubs on Friday in the Crosstown Classic at 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.