David Price will try to stifle an Astros offense that scored six runs in the first three innings of a 7-1 win Saturday night.
Anthony Rizzo nearly led off his third straight game with a homer, losing his bid on a replay reversal, before helping key a six-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Friday night. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was so livid that the initial call did not stand and was not reviewed that he argued until he got ejected.
The Cubs got runners on the corners without anyone out in the 2nd inning but didn’t generate a run from that high-probability scenario, and then their bats went cold.
When the eighth inning of Saturday night’s game started, Felipe Rivero was already warming up in the bullpen. He is 5-for-35 in his last eight games since a three-hit showing on June 27.
Pittsburgh didn’t manufacture anything out of its first hit, a one-out single by Josh Harrison in the fourth, but its second hit off Butler was Bell’s leadoff homer to left-center in the fifth, making it 3-1. Heck, they had only scored in the ninth 12 times this season going into the game.
Juan Nicasio was charged with disposing of the Chicago batters to secure Pittsburgh’s win, but Jason Heyward gave him a rude introduction to the task with a double. With two outs, Russell ripped a two-run double. The game is tied now, and everything feels fine again. “It wasn’t getting worse, but it wasn’t getting better”. All La Stella did was collect two hits, including a big single in the ninth to move Willson Contreras to third with the game tied at 4. After a single by Tommy La Stella, John Jay scored Contreras with a RBI single.
Rizzo hit a ball that was originally ruled a home run.
Polanco also hit a 100 miles per hour ground ball to Addison Russell and a 97.9 miles per hour double. Jhan Martinez came in to end the madness for the Pirates, but it was already too late. The ball caromed off the top of the Clemente Wall, however, and Bell wound up with a two-run triple.
I’m still betting on the Cubs to win this division. The Cubs blew a chance to drive in a runner from third in the second inning, but thanks to the ninth inning, they wound up going 7-for-19 with RISP.
It’s just the third time all season they had over 30,000 in back-to-back home games and the invading legion of Cubs fans – always large in number but buoyed by their 2016 World Series win – have made for a mixed crowd that has provided an amped-up environment. We have not been able to relax yet, and we probably won’t ever.
D’backs 5, Phillies 4: Gregor Blanco hit a tying two-run homer and Jake Lamb drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Keep Rizzo at lead off. “He didn’t say anything to me about his finger”.
Not a great night for him at the plate until that 9th inning double, but it was the dagger. Perhaps you may notice something a bit different about your favorite team’s uniforms.