With the chances of Cubs the winning down to nothing, they pulled it off. A five-run comeback sparked by Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist helped beat the Reds 8-7 on Saturday.
Javy Baez: 4 for 5, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Ben Zobrist: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
Victor Caratini: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Addison Russell: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
How it Happened
Tyler Chatwood struggled again, giving up five runs over the first three innings. Victor Caratini put the Cubs on the board in the fourth with his RBI double, making it a 5-1 Reds lead. Addison Russell followed up Caratini with his groundout to second scoring Caratini, cutting the lead to three. Chatwood’s struggles continued in the fifth and sixth inning, giving up two runs over the span, putting the Reds up by five runs again. Luckily, the Cubs had a comeback in them.
Instead of a pinch-hitter, Randy Rosario took the at-bat in the sixth and delivered. Rosario recorded his first career hit and RBI on a single up shallow center. Rosario, the least expected guy, put the Cubs back within four runs. Later in the seventh, Javy Baez cut it down to a three-run deficit with his solo homer to left center, making it 7-4. Then the big eighth inning rolled around.
Ben Zobrist “Mr. Clutch” hit a bases-loaded RBI double, making it a 7-6 Reds lead. Javy Baez followed Zobrist with an infield single that tied game 7-7. Anthony Rizzo then delivered the game-winning hit with an RBI groundout, putting the Cubs in the lead 8-7. Brandon Morrow worked a 1-2-3 ninth, as the Cubs won a miraculous game 8-7.
One Great Moment
One moment really stood out in the game. It was Randy Rosario’s RBI single in the sixth. Rosario, a rookie reliever, never had a hit before and delivered on a one-out single. He started the Cubs comeback, as the ball rolled up shallow center. Rosario finished the comeback as well with 2.1 quality innings of work. He was truly the “One Great Moment” of the game.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 7, 2018
The Cubs pick up their 50th win this year, improving to 50-36, now 2.0 games behind Milwaukee.
Jon Lester goes for the series win on Sunday at 1:20 PM CT on WGN and 670 The Score.