When Pedro Strop gave up a monster 454-foot, three-run homer to Starling Marte to tie the game at 3 in the 8th inning, the mood soured considerably. The Cubs had themselves JUST taken a three-run lead in the bottom of the 7th, and it feels like this kind of immediate implosion is happening far too often.
But thankfully, Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant were there to flip things right away in the bottom of the 8th. This time, it was the Cubs turning it right back around:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 12, 2019
That’s a great piece of hitting from Heyward there, taking what he was given and simply squaring it up, and then a great piece of running from Bryant, who homered to give the Cubs their first run. Cubs win, Cubs win.
Heyward made a fantastic catch earlier in the game, and is now up to .270/.357/.457 (111 wRC+) on the season. He put it best after the game: It’s time.
"It's time. It's time."
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) July 12, 2019
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