The Cubs are entering game 4 of their 9 game road trip taking on the NL East in Atlanta. Jason Hammel is looking for his 8th win of the season while the Braves starter Bud Norris is looking to not get his 8th loss of the season. He starts the game off by striking out the first two batters of the game and a flyout ends the top half of the 1st. Hammel follows in suit but only getting one strikeout. Ben Zobrist leads off the 2cd with a single followed by Miguel Montero’s single. Javier Baez sends a ground ball to short to second to first for a double play. Russell ends the inning by striking out. Hammel would get the first out of the bottom half of the second with Nick Markakis’s fly ball into foul territory. However, he gives up back to back solo home runs to Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers. He does give up singles to Bud Norris and Mallex Smith but gets out of the inning. Braves up 2-0.
Albert Almora, Jr leads off the top of third with his first double of his career and a wild pitch would push him to third. Dexter Fowler would ground out to second that scores Almora. Heyward ends the inning with a ground out. Chase d’Arnaud reaches on a fielding error by Russell and steals second base. Hammel would give up one more hit to Adonis Garcia but gets out of the inning striking out Tyler Flowers. Cubs 1 – Braves 2.
Bud Norris makes the top of the 4ht a 1-2-3 inning. Jason Hammel hits Jace Peterson who moves to 2cd on Norris’s sac bunt. Mallex Smith singles pushing Jace to third who then scores on Ender Inciarte’s sac fly to left. Mallex Smith gets caught trying to advance to second to end the inning. Cubs 1, Braves 3. Both men would have easy 1-2-3 innings. Norris would give up a double to Fowler in the 6th but that would be all the action for the Cubs. Jason Hamel would give up two singles in the bottom half but after two outs, Maddon would have seen enough and bring Travis Wood into the game to end the inning. Bud Norris continues with another 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. Wood would get into to enough trouble putting two men on but with two outs, Maddon brings in Adam Warren who loads the bases but gets out of the inning. Jim Johnson replaces Norris for yet another 1-2-3 inning on the Cubs.
Justin Grimm enters the bottom of the 8th loading the bases with two singles and a walk. Clayton Richard enters the game gives up a single to Inciarte adding to the Braves lead. Richard old strikeout d’Arnaud but gives up a sac fly to Freddie Freeman but Nick Markakis ends the inning with a ground out. Cubs 1, Braves 5. Former Cub, Aroydis Vizcaino comes to close the game and get a win for the Braves and he does so, getting Fowler to ground out and then striking out both Heyward and Bryant to end the game. This was not the pretties of the Cubs losses this season but that’s why there’s 162 games plus Rizzo is out with some back issues. The Cubs may have a rough trip East but I wouldn’t worry until after the All Star break. Go Cubs Go!
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