CUBS LATE RALLY CAN’T OVERCOME EARLY ERROR
The red hot Cubs came into game 2 of a four game set with the Diamondbacks riding a 5 game winning streak. They would send veteran lefty Jon Lester to stretch it to six games. Lester would work a strong 123 top of the first striking out all three. Lester headed out for the second inning hoping to have a repeat of the first. After striking out the first batter things would get shaking as he would give up 4 hits resulting in 2 runs. The Cubs could not answer back going 3 up and 3 down two straight innings. In the third inning with 2 outs Lester would give up a base hit with David Peralta due up next. With a 2-2 count Lester would let a cutter hang in the middle of the zone and he paid dearly for it as Peralta put it in the upper deck in right field. Lester would end up turning in 6 innings of work surrendering just the 4 runs, but he couldn't get the offensive support the team had been showing and took the loss.
The Diamondbacks would get a quality outing from Zach Gallen despite him walking 5 batters over 6.2 innings of work. The Cubs could on manage 5 hits against him as he was lifted in the 7th with 2 runners on. Archie Bradley who has been lights out this season replaced him and on his first pitch Rizzo would take him deep bring the Diamondbacks lead to just 1 run. That would be all the D-Backs bullpen would allow as they would silence the Cubs bats after Rizzo's homer. Kyle Crockett was electric out of the bullpen shutting the door in the 9th for the save.
David Ross spoke on his teams lack of being able to hit Gallen. "While we did have our offensive struggles today you have to give credit where it is due and Zach Gallen pitched a good game and had his pitches working for him. One thing I did noticed is we have to get better at being patient at the plate. To many time we went down swing at balls in the dirt."
In game 3 of the 4 game set the Cubs will send rookie sensation lefty Brailyn Marquez to the mound in hopes the offense can bounce back.