Game Forty-One – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5 – 13 innings
WP – Randall Delgado (2-2) LP – Zac Rosscup (1-1) Save – None
Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro broke a 2-2 tie in the 10th with run scoring singles. Hector Rondon could not finish off the Diamondbacks and blew his third save of the season. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer off Rondon with two outs and tied the game at four. Zac Rosscup was unable to get through the bottom of the Diamondbacks order in the 13th as the Cubs lost the opener in Phoenix on Friday night.
The Cubs gave another game away they should have won. Even with the offense struggling on the road trip, the Cubs found ways to put runs on the board just to see the bullpen give them right back late in the game.
Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a home run, a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base) tied the game at one in the third with a solo homer. And Addison Russell (1-for-6 with a RBI) drove in the Cubs second run with an infield single in the fourth that plated Jorge Soler (2-for-6 with a double and a run scored). Russell’s hit would be the last for the Cubs until Kris Bryant (1-for-6 with a RBBI and a run scored) singled in Dexter Fowler in the 10th. Starlin Castro (2-for-6 with a double and a RBI) added a much-needed insurance run with a single to left.
The Cubs squared up several balls Friday night into Saturday morning at Chase Field. As is the case in just about every game the franchise has played in that park, the balls seemed to die on the warning track.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a double and a walk) had a 400-foot double and Jonathan Herrera (1-for-1) collected a pinch-hit single. The Cubs had 11 hits and walked five times with 11 strikeouts. The Cubs were a miserable 4-for-15 with RISP and left 11 men on base.
Jon Lester recorded another quality start. Lester did not have his best stuff Friday night but really made only three mistakes. The Diamondbacks turned those three elevated pitches into two runs. Paul Goldschmidt singled in A.J. Pollock with the first run of the night and Nick Ahmed took Lester deep in the seventh. Ahmed’s first homer of the season tied the game at two.
Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm did their jobs in the eighth and ninth inning. Both relievers put zeros on the board and sent the game to the 10th inning.
Hector Rondon’s issues continued. Hector Rondon gave up two hits with two outs on two-strike pitches that cost his team. The Cubs have to get him back on track or make a change. What is seemingly a lack of concentration once he has two outs has become a problem.
Jason Motte and James Russell combined for a scoreless inning. Russell recorded an out without throwing a pitch when he picked off Ahmed to end the 11th inning. After loading the bases with one out, Travis Wood struck out two to end the 12th inning.
Zac Rosscup couldn’t make quality pitches and was on the mound when the Diamondbacks scored the winning run.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 23-18 on the season.
After the Cubs went down in order on 11 pitches to start the game, Jon Lester struck out Ender Inciarte for the first out. A.J. Pollock tripled off the left center field wall. With the infield back, Paul Goldschmidt singled to center on a 2-2 pitch. Pollock scored, 1-0 Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt stole second with Tomas at the plate. Yasmany Tomas lined out to right and Mark Trumbo flied out to deep right to end the inning. Lester made 15 pitches in the first inning, 10 for strikes.
The Diamondbacks led 1-0 after one inning.
Dexter Fowler tied the game at one with a solo homer in the third inning. Fowler worked a full count before pulling a Josh Collmenter pitch over the right field wall. Bryant followed with a deep fly out to left (3-2 pitch) for the second out of the inning.
Anthony Rizzo just missed a home run to center. The ball hit off the wall and Rizzo collected a 400-foot double. Castro grounded out to third to end the inning.
Jon Lester worked around a one-out single and stolen base by A.J. Pollock in the third inning. Lester struck out Goldschmidt swinging after falling behind 3-0. Tomas popped out to center for the third out … 44 pitches for Lester after three, 28 for strikes.
At the end of three, the game was tied at one.
Jorge Soler led off the fourth with a double to center. The ball hit off the wall, another ball that in another park would have been a home run. Junior Lake reached on a bunt single toward third. Soler advanced to third on the play.
With runners on the corners and no outs, David Ross had a really poor at bat. Ross did not make contact and struck out swinging. Lester struck out swinging and left it up to Russell with two outs.
Addison Russell pulled a 3-2 pitch to the left side of the infield. Tomas made an excellent diving stop on a ball ticketed for left field. Soler broke on contact and Russell beat the throw to first base. Soler scored and the Cubs took a 2-1 lead. Lake advanced to third on the play. Fowler tried to check his swing but tapped back to Collmenter to end the inning.
Jon Lester sat down the side in order in the fourth … 55 pitches for Lester after four innings, 35 for strikes.
The Cubs led 2-1 after four innings.
The Cubs did nothing against Collmenter in the fifth. And the Diamondbacks tied the game at two in the fifth. Nick Ahmed led off the fifth with a homer to left. Lester retired Collmenter (liner to right), Inciarte (grounder to second) and Pollock (grounder to short) in order to end the inning.
The game was tied at two after five innings.
And that was the score after nine innings. The Cubs did not manage another hit after Addison Russell’s infield single in the fourth. Jon Lester completed seven innings, Pedro Strop tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Justin Grimm worked around a walk in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Addison Reed took the hill for the Diamondbacks in the 10th inning. Addison Russell grounded out to short for the first out. Dexter Fowler put together an excellent at bat. Fowler worked a full count before taking ball four on the eighth pitch from Reed.
Dexter Fowler stole second on a 1-0 pitch to Bryant.
Kris Bryant blooped a 2-0 pitch into right center. Fowler ran through Gary Jones’ stop sign and scored, 3-2 Cubs. Bryant went to second on Trumbo’s throw. Reed intentionally walked Rizzo.
Starlin Castro stepped in with runners on first and second with one out. Castro smoked a 1-2 pitch into left. Bryant scored, 4-2 Cubs. Rizzo stopped at second on the play. On a 0-2 offering to Soler, the Cubs tried to pull off a double steal. Tuffy Gosewisch threw out Rizzo at third. With Castro at second and two down, Soler grounded out to third to end the inning.
Hector Rondon retired David Peralta (grounder to short) and Ender Inciarte (grounder to third) to start the 10th inning. Rondon jumped ahead of Pollock 0-2. But Rondon could not finish off Pollock. He doubled to left and Goldschmidt was given a chance to hit.
Paul Goldschmidt launched a 2-2 pitch into the stands in left field … and tied the game at four. Rondon gave up a single to Tomas but retired Trumbo on a flyout to left to end the inning.
After 10 innings, the game was tied at four.
The game went to the 13th after Travis Wood wiggled his way out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 12th. Wood struck out Tomas and Jordan Pacheco to end the inning and send it to the 13th inning.
The Cubs loaded the bases against Randall Delgado after one out singles from Soler and Lake. Miguel Montero just missed a three-run homer to left. But Mike Baxter hit for Wood and worked a walk. Addison Russell grounded out to first on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.
Zac Rosscup retired Owings on a grounder to short for the first out. Tuffy Gosewisch doubled to right center. And the light-hitting Nick Ahmed pulled a 3-2 pitch down the left field line … game over.
Jake Arrieta gets the ball on Saturday night (9:10pm CDT) and will face Rubby De La Rosa in game two.