This was a fun one on Saturday, as the Cubs beat the Twins 14-9 after scoring five runs in the seventh to secure the series win.
Jason Heyward: 4 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI
Albert Almora: 3 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Ben Zobrist: 2 for 2, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Javy Baez: 2 for 6, 2 R, 2 RBI
How it Happened
With this being such a high-scoring game, we will only recap the Cubs scoring because there was plenty. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist got things going for the Cubs in the second, with back-to-back RBI singles that tied the game 3-3. Later in the fourth, the Cubs led 4-3 after Albert Almora hit a sacrifice fly to center. After Tyler Chatwood surrendered four runs in the fifth, the Cubs offense responded in a big way in the 5th. Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly started the 5-run fifth for the Cubs. David Bote, Ian Happ, Albert Almora, and Jason Heyward each hit RBI singles all in a row putting the Cubs up 9-7. The Twins scored two more runs in the sixth, but the Cubs offense prevailed and compiled a 5-run seventh inning.
Jason Heyward started it with an RBI single, Javy Baez hit an RBI double to center, Willson Contreras hit a sacrifice fly to center, and Addison Russell closed it out with an RBI single for a monster inning. The Cubs went from a 9-9 tie to a 14-9 lead, immediately changing the outcome of the game. A 1-2-3 ninth inning from Pedro Strop would close out the game, as the Cubs won 14-9.
One Great Moment
With all the offense, why not talk about the defense. Javy Baez in his first game of the series made a ridiculous grab in the eighth for the first out. Check out this “One Great Moment” from Baez that was spectacular.
Head is spinning thinking ’bout Báez. pic.twitter.com/7Xp3znOIhb
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 30, 2018
The Cubs improve to 46-35 this season, currently 2.0 games back from Milwaukee.
Jon Lester closes out the series against Minnesota on Sunday at 1:20 PM CT on WGN and 670 The Score.