The Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays met for the last time in the regular season. The Cubs were hoping to sweep, the Blue Jays just wanted to get a win against the reigning World Series champions.
Rene Rivera made his Cubs debut catching starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks today, and didn’t disappoint.
In his first at bat as a Cub, Rivera led off the third with a single, breaking Toronto’s bid for a no hitter. Jon Jay was hit by a pitch, and Hendricks bunted for a single. The bases were loaded for the top of the order with no outs. Albert Almora Jr. delivered with a bases clearing double, giving the Cubbies the early lead 0-3.
Toronto got their first run in the 4th, changing the score to 1-3, and thanks to a double play, that one run was all they got in the 4th.
The Blue Jays led off the 5th inning with a double, followed by a single, leaving men on the corners with no outs. They were able to bring a run in, making the score 2-3 going into the bottom of the 5th.
Blue Jay Miguel Montero tied the score in the 6th, with a solo home run, making it 3-3.
Back to back walks started off the Cubs half of the 9th. Jason Heyward was forced out at third, leaving Alex Avila and Jon Jay at second and first, bringing up Kris Bryant, who struck out, and Ian Happ who followed suit.
Extra innings for the Cubs and Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays got a run in the top of the 10th, breaking the tie, followed by an RBI walk, making it 5-3.
the Cubs got a run in the bottom half of the 10th, making it a one run ball game; 5-4. Avila delivers with a clutch two RBI single to win the game. Final score, 5-6.
The Cubs don’t just win the series, they sweep Toronto. The Cubs still are in the lead in the NL Central. They have an off day Monday, then start a road trip to Cincinnati and Philadelphia.