In their first game against the Indians in Wrigley since the magical 2016 World Series Game Five, things escalated quickly for the Cubs falling 10-1 in a near shutout.
Ian Happ: 1 for 1, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Javy Baez: 2 for 4
Albert Almora: 2 for 5
Justin Hancock: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
How it Happened
The Indians scored ten runs over the span of three innings off Tyler Chatwood and Mike Montgomery that put the Cubs down 10-0 and in no position for a comeback. Cleveland’s pitching wasn’t even playing at their best allowing ten hits, but the Cubs offense failed to capitalize. It was almost an embarrassing 10-0 shutout, but Ian Happ homered deep to right in his pinch-hit at-bat putting the Cubs on the board, 10-1.
One Great Moment
If this is a thing now, the Cubs bats smell like success! Before the game, the @Cubs on Twitter posted pictures of Kris Bryant inspecting his bat and then sniffing the fresh wood smell and a picture that will make everyone’s day of Anthony Rizzo. These were taken before the World Series rematch on Tuesday.
Smells like success. pic.twitter.com/6dnfkYsvhv
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 22, 2018
The Cubs fall to 25-20 and remain in third place in the NL Central.
Luckily, we have Jon Lester on the mound Wednesday in the rubber game at 7:05 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score. Lester has been very good this season, posting a 4-1 record with a 2.52 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.