Game One Hundred Two – Cubs 12, Mariners 1
WP – Jon Lester (11-4) LP – Hisashi Iwakuma (11-7) Save – None
Chris Coghlan, in his first game back from the DL, drove in the first two runs with a two out single in the third. Jason Heyward homered and drove in three runs. David Ross led off the six-run sixth inning with a solo home run. Javier Baez had three hits and Kris Bryant reached base five times. The Cubs scored 11 of the 12 runs before rain delayed the game in the seventh for an hour and 14 minutes.
The Cubs played run differential baseball for the first time in a well over a month. Every one of Joe Maddon’s regulars had a base hit except Addison Russell. The Cubs scored five runs off Hisashi Iwakuma and knocked the Mariners’ starter out of the game after three innings.
The Cubs scored six times in the sixth inning and forced Scott Servais to use a position player, Luis Sardinas, to pitch the eighth inning.
Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI) delivered the game winning hit with two outs in the second inning, a two-run single that plated Javier Baez and David Ross (2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored).
Jason Heyward (1-for-4 with a home run, a sac fly and three RBI) smacked his first home run since June 11, a two-run homer to right central in the third and had the wind knock down an opposite field shot in the fifth. Heyward drove in three runs.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI) cleared the bases with a double in the six-run sixth inning that started with a David Ross solo home run to left.
Kris Bryant (3-for-3 with a double, two walks, a run scored and a RBI) had a perfect day at the plate. Bryant reached base five times, scored a run and drove in another.
Javier Baez (3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI) had three more hits and scored a run as he continues to inch closer to a .300 batting average. And Ben Zobrist (2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored) reached base three times and scored two runs.
Jon Lester settled in after a shaky first two innings of his afternoon. Lester found a rhythm and once his teammates gave him a lead he just played catch with David Ross. Lester was sharp and kept the ball down. Lester left the game after six innings. There was no point for Lester to return after the Cubs scored six times in the bottom of the sixth after he made 95 pitches, 58 for strikes. Friday’s start was very encouraging.
Lester gave up just four hits with two walks in six shutout innings. Lester struck out the side in order in the fourth and finished the day with seven strikeouts.
Justin Grimm gave up a hit in the seventh before rain delayed the game.
Mike Montgomery said before the game that he was supposed to start Friday’s game for the Mariners. So it was only fitting that Maddon picked him to pitch the last two innings.
Mike Montgomery took the mound when play resumed with the Cubs leading 12-0. Montgomery struggled with his command. Montgomery threw to Willson Contreras and gave up one run on three hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts to his former teammates in two innings.
It was a pair of two-out hits in the second inning that gave the Cubs an early lead. And the first was from the player that created a lot of debate before the game.
Javier Baez started the second with a swinging bunt single up the third baseline. David Ross singled to left. Maddon let Jon Lester swing away early in the at-bat. With two strikes, Lester dropped down a perfect bunt and advanced Baez and Ross to second and third with two down.
Chris Coghlan blooped a 3-1 pitch into center. Baez and Ross scored, 2-0 Cubs. And Coghlan went to second on the throw home. Kris Bryant ripped a single into left. Coghlan scored, 3-0 Cubs. Rizzo popped out to third base for the third out.
The Cubs jumped on Iwakuma again in the third inning.
Ben Zobrist doubled to left. After Addison Russell struck out swinging, Heyward stepped in with a runner in scoring position.
Jason Heyward smoked a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in right center. Heyward gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead with a two-run homer.
Before the rain delayed the game in the middle of the seventh, the Cubs batted around in the sixth and put a six-spot on the board.
David Ross started the scoring in the sixth with a home run to left through the wind. Grandpa Rossy’s seventh longball of the season gave the Cubs a 6-0 lead.
Mariners’ reliever Nathan Karns lost every bit of command he had at that point. Karns walked Jon Lester, Chris Coghlan and Kris Bryant to load the bases.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Anthony Rizzo drove a 3-2 pitch right down the left field line. Lester and Coghlan scored easily and Bryant motored around the bases, scored from first base and Rizzo’s bases clearing double gave the Cubs a 9-0 lead.
Scott Servais decided that was enough for Karns and went to his pen for lefty Vidal Nuno.
Ben Zobrist followed with a single to left. Rizzo had to hold and stopped at third with no outs. Addison Russell fouled out to Mariners’ catcher Chris Iannetta for the first out.
Jason Heyward drove a 1-0 pitch to left. The wind caught the ball and pushed it into foul territory. Franklin Gutierrez made an excellent running catch near the bullpen mound in foul ground. Rizzo wasn’t going to tag and score at first. When Gutierrez slipped, Rizzo scored … 10-0 Cubs. Zobrist tagged from first and went to second on the play.
Javier Baez ripped a single into center. Zobrist scored, 11-0 Cubs. Ross, who started the sixth, struck out swinging to end the inning.
When play resumed following the one hour and 14 minute delay, the Cubs tacked on a run against Tom Wilhelmsen.
Matt Szczur led off with a single. After back-to-back walks from Coghlan and Bryant loaded the bases, Anthony Rizzo grounded into a 3-6-3 double play. Szczur scored the Cubs 12th and final run of the game.
With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 62-40 on the season.
Jake Arrieta faces lefty Wade Miley on Saturday afternoon (1:20pm CDT) in game two with the Mariners.