Cubs 8, Braves 3: The Bats Are Back in Town
The Cubs opened up their series against the Braves with some drama and fireworks.
The Cubs offense was alive and well last night. Everyone in the starting lineup reached base in this contest.
The Chicago Cubs hosted the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves under the lights at beautiful Wrigley Field. The Braves had two-time NL All-Star Julio Teheran (5-5, 3.40 ERA) on the mound. On the Cubs side, Jon Lester took the bump sporting a 4.13 ERA and a 6-5 record.
Willson Contreras kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with some early fireworks. The Cubs catcher put a solo shot into the right-field bleachers to make it 1-0 Cubs. After the blast, Contreras exchanged words with catcher Tyler Flowers which caused the benches to clear briefly. Nothing much came of the exchange except warnings issued to both clubs.
In the bottom of the fourth, Cubs tacked on another run with an RBI single from Willson Contreras that knocked in Javier Baez to double the Cubs lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Cubs started to pour it on with a season-best five consecutive hits! Doubles by Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez plus singles from Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo helped the Cubs extend their lead to 7-0.
The Braves got on the board in the sixth inning thanks to a two-RBI Nick Markakis single that ended the shutout. Jayson Heyward tacked on one more run for the Cubs with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Steve Cishek came in to lock this one down in the bottom of the ninth with an 8-3 lead. There was no drama as he put down the Braves lineup 1-2-3 to wrap up the ballgame. The Cubs victory last night was their first against the Braves so far this season. Fly The W!
Player of the Game
In addition to the offensive explosion, Jon Lester had a stellar outing. Lester went six innings and allowed no earned runs. The big difference in this outing compared to his others was his cutter. It was working very well for him last night which allowed him to record outs with ease. He also chipped in offensively with a single that would later allow him to score.
Cubs fans got a little taste of a brilliant bullpen performance by Adbert Alzolay against the Mets in his MLB debut last Thursday. Tomorrow, they will get to see him start against Max Fried (1-0, 2.25 ERA) for the Braves, which should prove to be an exciting matchup.
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