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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Padres 2 – June 19, 2017

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Well, that proved to be a fairly wild game for such a low-scoring affair against one of the worst teams in baseball.


The Cubs were down 2-0 quickly on a couple Padres homers, as Jon Lester labored through the first few innings of the game. And then a switch flipped, and he was fantastic, ultimately lasting six strong innings. Lester is good.

Offensively, the Cubs were a collective double-play machine right from the word go. History’s Greatest Leadoff Hitter Anthony Rizzo led off the first inning with a bunt single because of course he did, but was erased on a double play.

The Cubs did manage to get back into the game, though, with a Rizzo sac fly and a Willson Contreras oppo shot, exactly one year to the day from his first big league at bat … in which he homered. Cool moment there.


The lead run came when Javy Baez, on a hit and run, scored from first base on a ball dumped by Albert Almora into shallow left field. It was a tremendous piece of baserunning and awareness, both of which Baez is well known for at this point.

The Cubs nearly tied the game before Contreras’s homer when a Kris Bryant liner into center sent Rizzo home trying to tag. He was throw out (by Matt Szczur no less) by a mile, and because of the timing and Padres catcher Austin Hedges’ decision to move in front of the plate, Rizzo absolutely blasted him. Hedges left the game with a bruised thigh. Here’s hoping Rizzo doesn’t now have to wear one at some point this series.

Wade Davis got into a little trouble in the 9th by giving up some freebies, and pounding the dirt, but a perfectly elevated fastball to strike out Wil Myers and then a nice play on a bouncer finished things off.


A nice little comeback win for the Cubs! Who are back over .500!

Full box score.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.