The Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks were back at it for the second game of the series.
But more importantly, with Jon Lester pitching tonight, perhaps the biggest question on fans minds’ was how was he going to do with not having Willson Contreras as his catcher?
Lester did a pretty decent job. He allowed a few hits (all singles), and a walk, but not one run was able to score until the 6th inning.
The game got off to a pretty slow start, with no real action occurring until the 5th, when on an Albert Almora Jr. single, Javier Baez was thrown out at home, but left men on the corners for the red hot Kris Bryant with two outs. Bryant ended up walking, bringing up Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded. But alas, he just missed a grand slam, leaving the score 0-0 going into the bottom of the 5th.
Arizona scored the first run of the game in the 6th, off of an RBI double by J.D. Martinez, and then another run scored off of Ketel Marte, followed by two more off of a Brandon Drury double, making it 0-4.
Hector Rondon replaced Lester in the 7th, and allowed 1 more run to score, making it 0-5 Arizona.
David Peralta then hit an inside the park homer off of Justin Grimm in the 8th, making it 0-6.
When all hope seemed lost, Bryant proved how clutch he is, when in the 9th he batted in two on a single, making the game 2-6. Anthony Rizzo finally got his first hit of the night after the Bryant single, making it two men on, two out, for Ben Zobrist.
However, those runs came too late, with a final score of 2-6.
The Cubs are now tied for first in the division with the St. Louis Cardinals.