Going in to game two of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs were probably feeling much less confident than they were going into game one. They had lost to the worst team in MLB, and had now lost two in a row. They needed a “W”.
The Phillies got the early lead off a two run home run from Rhys Hoskins in the 1st, making it 0-2 going to the 2nd.
Tommy La Stella led off the 2nd with a bang, hitting a solo home run, and getting the Cubbies on the board. 1-2 going to the bottom of the 2nd.
Jon “305 J” Jay led off the 3rd with a walk, Kris “KB” Bryant, got hit by a pitch, bringing up Anthony “Tony” Rizzo, with two men on and one out, and he delivered. He smashed a three run homer to dead center, giving the Cubs a 4-2 lead going to the bottom of the 3rd.
KB hit his 24th home run of the season in the 5th, a solo, adding to the Cubbies lead, followed by Tony hitting one of his own, also a solo, his 30th of the season. He’s two away from his career high of 32, and is on track to surpass it. It’s also his 16th career multi homer game. 6-2 going to the home half of the 5th.
Starting pitcher Kyle “Hendo” Hendricks led off the 7th with a single, followed by 305 J with a double, Kyle Schwarber struck out, bringing up KB, who walked. Tony came up with the bases loaded, and one out. He hit an RBI single (7-2), keeping the bases loaded for Alex “Parkman” Avila, who drove in two more, making it 9-2, with an RBI double (just shy of a grand slam, but hey, no complaints here). Tico delivered an RBI single, bringing in Tony, adding to the Cubs tally, making it 10-2, all still with only one out. La Stella brought in another with an RBI single, making it 11-2, bringing up Javier “El Mago” Baez, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Hendricks was going to get to bat twice in this inning, and he was not throwing away his shot, sending one to the wall, bringing in two with an RBI double. 13-2 Cubs going to the bottom of the 7th.
Hendo did a pretty decent job, (the guys behind weren’t too bad either) besides giving up the home run to Hoskins (but the rookie is looking like the next Aaron Judge, so there was no stopping him, no matter who the pitcher was). He didn’t allow any more runs. He gets the win, which was much needed, since he hadn’t gotten a “W” since late May. Hendo was replaced by Brian “Deuce” Duensing in the 8th.
Parkman walked to lead off the 9th, followed by La Stella hitting his second home run of the night, and his first career multi HR game, changing the score 15-2, Ben “Zorilla” Zobrist, hit a two run homer soon after, making the score 17-2 going to the bottom of the 9th.
Ian “Happer” Happ replaced KB at 3rd in the bottom of the 9th, his major league debut for that position. Besides a hit in the 9th, the Phillies go quietly to end the game.
Hopefully the Cubbies saved some runs for the series closer tomorrow.
The Cubs still remain in first place in the Nation League Central. John Lackey pitches tomorrow in the rubber game, then the Cubs go back to Wrigley to host the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves.