The Chicago Cubs welcomed the Cleveland Indians to the Friendly Confines for a quick two-game set this week. Here are the results:
- Tuesday, September 15th: Cubs 6, Indians 5
- Wednesday, September 16th: Cubs 3, Indians 2
Let’s dive in to the nitty gritty of each game.
It’s A Walk-Off
The Cubs kicked off this series with quite a game. We had a little bit of everything: bad base running, heads-up base running, Javier Baez bombs, Javier Baez magic, and lastly a walk-off hit by pitch.
Yu Darvish showed he was human on Monday night. He wasn’t great but also not bad. He allowed three runs on nine hits in seven innings pitched. He gave up a lot of hard contact but also posted seven strikeouts.
Javy Baez put on an absolute show Monday night, starting with this absolute moon shot to dead center field.
More on his magic later.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jason Heyward once again showed his value in right field. I will never understand why anyone runs on this man after years and years of defensive dominance.
Anthony Rizzo also reminded everyone that Heyward is not the only person on the right side of the field with some gold hardware.
Now to the base-running blunders…
Willson Contreras is and always will be a mad man on the diamond. This does not end on the base paths. He hit a single that should have scored Anthony Rizzo but was promptly thrown out getting greedy trying to take second base.
Later in the game, Ian Happ added to the baserunning blunders when he attempted to steal second with no outs and the meat of the order coming up. He was thrown out by a country mile.
With the Cubs up by one run, Javy whipped out some of his magic. El Mago stole second, then on an errant throw took third base, and then decided he should steal home while he was at it.
This was followed up by Jeremy Jeffress blowing his first save of the season on a two-run home run by Francisco Lindor.
Fortunately for the Cubs, lady luck was on their side Monday night. The bases were loaded on a walk, single, and hit by pitch in the bottom of the ninth. The Indians then decided it was time to go home, as Nick Wittgren proceeded to hit Cameron Maybin as well. There’s nothing more thrilling than a walk-off plunking.
Anthony Rizzo helped out with three hits and an RBI. Willson Contreras also had two hits and an RBI. Overall, this was a fantastic team win that truly had October feels to it.
Wait, Did Someone Say Walk-Off?
For the second night in a row, the Chicago Cubs walked off of Wrigley Field with a victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Jon Lester pitched what could be hist last start at the Confines allowing two runs over five innings. David Ross had a quick leash on Lester as he was pulled after only 62 pitches.
I’m just going to say it real quick, this bullpen has gone from a weakness to a strong point of this Chicago Cubs baseball team.
They posted another strong performance on Monday, allowing no runs in five innings of work.
This bullpen dominance led to extra innings. This also led to some El Mago magic with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the tenth.
It’s just a beautiful sight to see Javy really coming into shape right before a hopefully deep run into the postseason.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Cubs will enjoy their final off day of the season on Thursday before welcoming the Minnesota Twins to Wrigley on Friday. Below are the probables for that series:
- Friday, September 18th: Kyle Hendricks vs. Rich Hill
- Saturday, September 19th: Alec Mills vs. Michael Pineda
- Sunday, September 20th: Yu Darvish vs. Jose Berrios
For postgame reactions and analysis, be sure to tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast on all major platforms.