Joel Maddon would go back to his pitcher batting in the 8 hole with Albert Almora, Jr batting 9th and keeping Wilson Contreras in the game in left field. Kris Bryant would be batting 2cd and would start the game with a double but wouldn’t reach again until he walks in the 9th. Aside from Contreras’s walk that would be all in the 1st. Lackey would lead off the bottom of the first walking Ichiro Suziki who would score on Chrstian Yelich’s sac fly to center. The Cubs would strike back in the second with Miguel Montero’s solo shot to right tieing the game at 1 at run a piece.
The top of the third would see the patient rookie Wilson walk on two outs, Javier Baez would get hit by a pitch setting up Addison Russell for a three run blast to left center. Cubs up 4-3.
Lackey would retire 7 straight batters until he walks Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 4th, then Justin Bour launches his 14th homer run of the season bringing the Cubs lead to 1. John gets the first out in the 5th but gives up a single to Ichiro who scores again on Martin Prado’s double to left. With the game tied, Lackey walks Yelich prompting Maddon to visit the mound but he after gives up an RBI single to Stanton, Maddon would pull him for Gerardo Concepcion, who on his 4th pitch gives up an RBI double to Bour. Derek Dietrch would join in the RBI fun with a sac fly to left scoring Stanton. Marlins up 7-4.
Spencer Patton enters the 6th making it quick but gives up a 2 RBI double to Stanton scoring Prado and Yelich to put the Marlins up by 4 in the 7th bringing Justin Grimm in to finish the inning.
Russel would lead off the 8th with walk and moves to third on Montero’s single to left and then scores on Chris Coghlan’s 3-6-3 double play. Carl Edwards enters the bottom of the 8th for the Cubs making it a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Dustin McGowen who gave the Cubs a run in the 8th comes back out for the 9th and is the pitcher who gave up the lead off walk to Bryant. After Anthony Rizzo’s ground out, Wilson Contreras gets his first double of the year scoring Bryant. This would have the Marlins bring in A. J. Ramos who hits Russell but gets his 24th Save of the season.
John Lackey would only go 4 and 1/3 innings striking out 5 and only walking 3 but gives up 7 runs on 7 hits which 1 was a home run. The Cubs have the opportunity to split the series on Sunday.
Go Cubs Go!
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