After dropping back-to-back heart breakers to start off the 4 game series that is the Crosstown Cup, the Cubs responded in a big way on Wednesday night. It certainly didn’t seem like it was going to play out that way for a big portion of the game. White Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo made only his 2nd start of the season, and it was a gem. He took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, but only after blasting a solo homer in the 5th for his first career hit, in what looked to be a very good outing. The Cubs responded in the bottom of the 6th, however, as Kris Bryant launched his 26th homer of the season to break up the no-hitter. This was just the push the Cubs needed, after struggling offensively for some time now, and they were poised for a break out.
In the 7th after a Heyward walk, Baez continued to enjoy his hot streak, as he hit his 11th homer of the season, and the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. Then in the 8th, the Cubs really decided to do some damage. Ben Zobrist doubled off the wall in left center to bring in Bryant and move Rizzo over to 3rd.. Then, after a Miguel Montero walk, Addison Russell blasted his first career grand slam to give the Cubs an 8-1 lead, and ruin the save opportunity for new Cub Aroldis Chapman.
The Cubs still brought Chapman on in the 9th for his debut, and he proceeded to throw 13 100+ mile per hour pitches, strike out 2, and close the game out for the Cubs. Jason Hammel picked up the win to move to 10-5 on the season; Ranaudo dropped to 1-1.
The Cubs (60-40) will try to even out the series against the White sox (50-51) tonight at Wrigley Field. The game will start at 7:05 and you can check out Len and JD on CSN. The pitching matchup will be John Lackey (7-7, 3.79) vs. Chris “Scissorhands” Sale (14-3, 3.18). Let’s hope Lackey can snap out of his cold streak and lead the Cubs to victory! #GoCubs
Check out Addison Russell’s first career Grand-Slam: