Were The Cubs about To Tie The Division Back Up?
Coming into today's game the Cubs need a victory to tie the division back up after the Brewers stole game one of the 3 game set against. The Cubs would send veteran lefty Jon Lester to the mound in hopes of securing a victory and get of the 2 game skid they are on.
The first inning would start off great in favor of the Cubs as Jon Lester would go 1,2,3. The bottom half of the inning would be everything manager David Ross had hoped for and then some. Lead off man Mallex Smith would get things started hitting a lead off single and then using his amazing to swipe 2 bags getting to third with no one out. The Cubs would go on to bat around in just the first inning, plating 4 runs on 6 hits. They would force starter Adrian Houser to throw 44 pitches in just 1 inning of work. He would bounce back throwing 3 consecutive scoreless innings. The Cubs however would force him out of the game after just 4 innings due to high pitch count. The Brewers would get to Lester in the 4th for 3 runs on a 3 run bomb by Tyrone Taylor. As he was less than stellar tonight but was about to work 6.2IP to give a wore down bullpen much need rest. The Cubs would go on to tack on a run in the 5th thanks to Kris Bryant's solo bomb. The Cubs would also plate 3 more in the 6th pushing the lead to 8-3. In the top of the 7th Lester had retired his 8th consecutive batter before giving up back to back singles and then hanging a change up to Manny Pena who deposited it to right center to bring the Brewers within 2 and spell the end of the night for Jon Lester. The Cubs would tack on one more insurance run in the bottom of the 7th and that would be the final nail in the Brewers coffin as the bullpen handled business getting the ball to the closer in the 9th. Jensen would shut the Brewers down not allowing a hit and striking out 2 in the 9th for his 18th save on the year.
Jon Lester talked about his performance in a press conference after the game. "It was piss poor plain and simple, I don't mean to get all R-rated on you guys but i know i am better than how i have been playing lately. I can't keep relying on the offense to pick me up if i continue to have these type of outings." he also went on to say "yeah i did log some innings but i just couldn't get the location i was looking for or capable of."
Next up the finale of the 3 game set. Just as the first game of this series the rights to the lead in the division will be at stake. The Cubs will send rookie sensation Brailyn Marquez to the mound.
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