Late Rally Sends Cubs Back to Wrigley Flying the W!
Heading into the rubber match of the series the Cubs would send veteran lefty Jon Lester to the mound and he would be opposed by David Price. This one had pitchers duel wrote all over it and that is exactly what we were treated to. Price and Lester would match each other pitch for pitch most of the game. The Cubs would experience some early trouble as Corey Seager would double in the first and come around to score on a Betts single. One inning later would see Contreras gun down Bellinger trying to steal second with Baez doing his famous pointing at Contreras on a perfect throw. The Cubs would finally break through in the fourth with Anthony Rizzo sending a fly ball just clearing the right field wall to even up the score at 1 a piece. In the bottom of the fourth the Dodgers would regain the lead on a Gavin Lux single up the middle.
Both Price and Lester would be lifted after 6 innings of work due to high pitch counts, both reaching over 100 pitches. Lester would only surrender 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 7 and walking just 3 batters. Price would surrender just 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 7 and also walking 3 batters. It truly felt like a future look into October with that playoff atmosphere. It would stay 2-1 in favor of the Dodgers until the 8th inning. Hoerner would lead off the inning working a walk, then Ian Happ and Mallex Smith would pop out. It was starting to look like another inning that the Cubs would get the lead off man on and fail to score. Rizzo came to the plate and was quickly down 0-2 and on the next pitch Ramos would hang a curve ball and Rizzo deposited the ball into the back row of right center field putting the Cubs up 3-2. The Bullpen for the Cubs would be lights out over 3 innings of work. The ninth inning did get a little interesting as Ryan Jensen gave up a lead off single to Lux, but that was quickly erased on a twin killing double play. Jensen would get the next batter to pop up to Baez at short to secure his 16th save of the year and send the Cubs back home Flying the W.
After the game down on the field we were able to get a word with player of the game Anthony Rizzo. "It's always great to walk away from here winning the series, especially when it could easily be a future playoff series. Most importantly it great to get this win and then going home to our fans in Wrigley for our next home stand. I felt good before the game and was just seeing the ball well tonight" said Rizzo. We also asked him about his recent slump "it's still young and plenty of baseball to be played to heat up. My swing is starting to shape up as you could tell tonight."
Next up will be a six game home stand with 3 games against the defending World Series champion Nationals and 3 against division rivals the Brewers.
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