The Cubs swept the Twins on Sunday, with an 11-10 win at Wrigley for their fourth straight win.
Javy Baez: 3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Ian Happ: 3 for 4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Willson Contreras: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jon Lester: (AB) 1 for 3, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI
How it Happened
The Cubs did the majority of their damage in the second inning, scoring 8 runs mostly off Twins starter Lance Lynn. Jon Lester, the last guy you would think of got the offense going for the Cubs first. Lester blasted a 7th-pitch three-run home run to the opposite left field bleachers putting the Cubs up 3-1. Then Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez hit back-to-back RBI doubles that put the Cubs up 6-1 very quickly. Just when things couldn’t get any better, they did offensively. Kyle Schwarber doubled to deep right to drive in one run and Willson Contreras followed him up with an RBI single that put the Cubs up 8-1. The Twins finally got the third out, but not after the Cubs steamrolled them with an 8-run second.
Later in the fourth inning, the Cubs added another run to their lead via Addison Russell’s RBI single to deep center, making it 9-1 Cubs. After the Twins put up two runs in the fifth, Ian Happ got one run back in the bottom of the inning on his solo homer out to left center, putting the Cubs up 10-3. The Twins added two more runs in the sixth and the Cubs had another answer. Javy Baez hit a sacrifice fly to center as Contreras scored from third, making it 11-5 Cubs. Thankfully the Cubs got an extra run there because the Twins would score five runs in the eighth, making it closer than it should be. Brandon Morrow got the final four outs, bailing out the Cubs as they won 11-10.
One Great Moment
There was so much greatness in the Cubs win despite the pitching, but there’s a clear one that stood out, Jon Lester’s homer. Lester is the Greatest Bunt Hitter of All-Time and now is the Greatest Home Run Hitter of All-Time. Lester crushed the second homer of his career (1 in 2017) in the second inning to start the scoring for the Cubs. You need to see this once in a lifetime homer from Lester:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 1, 2018
The Cubs improve to 47-35 this season, now only trailing Milwaukee by 0.5 games.
Cubs have Monday off before starting a quick two-game home series against Detroit. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to start on Tuesday at 1:20 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.