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Down 10-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a cold and rainy day at Wrigley Field, the Cubs could have been forgiven for just going through the motions to finish the MLB game.
Instead, the Cubs somehow rallied for 12 unanswered runs to stun the Braves 14-10 in Chicago on Saturday.
The Cubs chipped away at the lead with one run in the sixth and two in the seventh, before hammering the Braves with nine runs in the eighth.
Not to take anything away from Chicago, but the Braves self-destructed in that big inning. The Cubs had only three hits in the frame, while the Braves committed an error and their pitchers could not find the plate (five walks, a wild pitch, and two HBPs)
Javier Baez had the big blow in the inning, clearing the bases with a double to tie the game.
It was not a record-breaking comeback — three teams in MLB history have overcome 12-run deficits, most recently the Cleveland Indians over the Seattle Mariners in 2001 — but the Cubs’ rally will live on in team lore.
Meanwhile, in New York, Brewers starter Chase Anderson gave up only one run and two hits in 6.3 innings to help Milwaukee top the Mets 5-1.
Jonathan Villar, Jett Bandy, and Orlando Arcia homered to power the Brewers. The surprising Mets still have the best record (11-2) in the National League.
Making only his third MLB start, 24-year-old Miami Marlins right-hander Trevor Richards pitched seven scoreless innings against the host Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up only two hits. He got a no-decision in a 1-0 loss.
Max Scherzer got off to a bad start against the Colorado Rockies, giving up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon in the first inning, but he retired the final 20 batters he faced in the Washington Nationals’ 6-2 win. He struck out 11 in seven innings. Scherzer is now 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA this year.
Home-cooking’ is agreeing with the Nashville Sounds. After losing four straight to New Orleans, the Sounds returned home on Monday and have now put together two wins in a row, both shutouts, in their first two home games of the season. Four pitchers combined to five-hit the Iowa Cubs in a 6-0 win.
Frankie Montas got the start and he threw three one-hit innings in a nice rebound effort after not making it out of the first inning in his season debut. Montas struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.
After Ryan Dull threw a scoreless inning, Chris Bassitt took over and was once again impressive. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out six. Bassitt threw four scoreless innings in his first relief outing of the season, as well. Lou Trivino then finished off the shutout with a perfect ninth. He struck out two. Sounds’ pitchers struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter.
Sounds hitters combined for 14 hits and three walks. B.J. Boyd had three hits and Jorge Mateo, Steve Lombardozzi, Slade Heathcott and Renato Nunez each had two hits. Every Nashville batter reached safely at least once.
Dull’s relief outing was his first back-to-back appearance. He has allowed a run in four innings over three rehab appearances.