How consistently mediocre have the Cubs been?
Miami slugger Justin Bour tied the game at 6 in the third inning with a grand slam, his 18th homer.
J.A. Happ (2-4) picked up his first home win of the season.
Chicago went 3-3 on the trip through NY and Pittsburgh and scored 30 runs in its three wins. We will see if the Padres decide to retaliate against Rizzo, who will likely be leading off, again.
Anthony Rizzo hardly looks like a typical leadoff hitter.
“It’s not your prototypical lead off the game”, said Rizzo.
“It’s one of those plays where it’s very sensitive”, Rizzo said.
But one thing is certain: He’s going to play it for everything it’s worth. They want to get into a groove. “You hit him, just like Rizz did”.
In the bottom of the first, Rizzo spoiled the Padres’ infield shift toward first base by placing a ideal bunt down the third-base line that wasn’t picked up until he had reached first. During the streak, Rizzo is batting.409 (18-for-45) during the streak, which equals a career high. And if the Cubs finally start playing like the 2016 version of themselves and surge back to the playoffs, could the PA announcer at Wrigley Field find himself introducing leadoff man Anthony Rizzo in October? Rizzo was 0-for-10 when the Cubs scored five runs and were swept in a three-game series at San Diego from May 29-31.
Heyward has hit for a.258/.316/.399 slash with a.309 wOBA through 217 plate appearances in 2017. numberFire’s models project him to hit.255 and notch another 5 home runs, 5 stolen bases and 32 RBI over the remainder of the season.
“I was sacked up – I loved it”, said Lester, who this time got the quality start no-decision. In his career, Montgomery is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 8 strikeouts against San Diego.
Stephen Piscotty also hit a pair of solo homers for the Cardinals, who have lost five of six.
Lester makes his 15th start of the season and ninth at home. Taillon gave up eight hits in five innings while striking out four. If the runner slides into the plate in an appropriate manner, he shall not be adjudged to have violated Rule 6.01 (i)(Rule 7.13).
“I don’t like to talk about personal stuff – I always try to put it off until I’m done, see where I’m at, reflect”, Lester said. “We basically had a day game yesterday and we’re in a stretch with 20-21 games in a row”. “His fastball was really good. But at the same time, we’ve got a long way to go”.
They did erase a 2-1 deficit in the seventh inning against former teammate Clayton Richard and the Padres bullpen by scoring two runs on the way to a 3-2 victory.
Dodgers 10, Mets 6: Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger launched two more home runs, setting a major league record with his powerful start, and Clayton Kershaw became the first 10-game victor in the National League despite giving up a career-high four long balls as Los Angeles held on to beat NY.