Going into the second game of the series against the Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs were looking for their 5th straight win.
Starting pitcher John Lackey had a much better outing than his previous one. He allowed the lead off man to hit a single in the first inning, followed by a wild pitch, which put the runner in scoring position at second. He promptly struck out the next three batters faced, getting him out of the jam. He allowed back-to-back two out singles in the 2nd, and the next batter grounded out, ending the inning and stranding two. After the first couple innings, he settled down, only allowing 3 hits, no walks through 7 innings. It was actually kind of sad to see him be replaced in the 8th. He had been solid, and looked like he could go the whole game.
The Cubs finally got a man on in the 2nd, with Alex Avila walking with two outs, bringing up Jason Heyward, who flew out, ending the inning. Still scoreless going to the 3rd.
Javier Baez walked to lead off the 3rd, Lackey advanced him with a sac bunt, bringing up Ben Zobrist with Javy on second, one out. Zo flew out, bringing up Kyle Schwarber with Javy still on second, two outs. Schwarbs brought in the first run of the game, with an RBI single.The Braves decided to challenge the play at first, but the call was upheld. Kris Bryant was at bat next, and grounded out, ending the inning. Cubs lead 1-0 going to the 4th.
Anthony Rizzo led off the 4th with a standing double, and Ian Happ drove him in with a RBI single. Avila was up next with one on, no outs. He walked, bringing up J-Hey who struck out. Javy reached first on a fielders choice, leaving men on the corners for Lackey who grounded out. 2-0 Cubs going to the 5th.
Pedro Strop came in to pitch in the 8th, and promptly gave up a double, putting the Braves in scoring position with no outs. He retired the next two batters faced, and Brian Duensing took care of the third. 2-0 Cubs going to the bottom of the 8th.
KB walked in the 8th, putting a man on base for Rizzo with only one out. He walked, putting two men on for Happ. A wild pitch advanced the runners, and led to the Braves intentionally walking Happ, loading the bases for Avila and Heyward, both of who struck out, ending the inning without getting any insurance runs.
Wade Davis came in for the save, and was looking to extend his save streak, to 28. He walked the lead off man, but a double play immediately took care of that problem. He retired the next batter, ending the game.
Cubs win 2-0. The Cubbies have won 5 in a row, and remain in first place in the NL Central. The next two games will be home games against the Braves, followed by a road trip to Pittsburgh.