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

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

Chicago Cubs

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.

Author: Brett Taylor

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