By: Alex Patt
The Cubs played their first series of home games against the Pittsburgh Pirates to start what was a scheduled nine-game home stand. The original opener Monday was postponed due to weather and made up on Tuesday afternoon. They also had to postpone the final game of the Atlanta Braves series and the opener of the St. Louis Cardinals series. It does not look likely that they will play the finale because rain in moving in.
Of the five games they played since last Tuesday, the Cubs are 2-3 as they lost the series to the Pirates and split the two games played against Atlanta. The first game they won by a score of 13-5 as Javier Baez hit two home runs in the game, a day after he hit two in the 8-5 loss in the home opener. Jon Lester had his ups and downs in that game, but the offense supported him despite him giving up four runs. The finale was ugly as the Cubs fell 6-1.
Then the Atlanta series came. Yu Darvish pitched the first few innings with some command struggles, but still did not allow a run. Then the floodgates opened as the Braves scored four runs and the Cubs were shutout. The next day, the weather was beyond miserable. Cold, rainy and a sparse crowd say Jose Quintana struggle to the point where the Braves built leads of 9-1 and 10-2. Looked like the team was heading for a 6-8 record.
Not so fast.
The Cubs chipped away to make it 10-5, and with two outs in the eighth inning, they scored nine times to take a 14-10 lead. Three bases-loaded walks, a wild pitch and error and one big swing of the bat which came in the form of a Javier Baez bases-clearing double which tied the score at 10. While Joe Maddon was unhappy about playing in the conditions, he saw his team win 14-10 after Morrow got the last three outs in the ninth. It was one of the biggest regular season comebacks wins in Cubs history.
Now we will see if they will play any of these scheduled games against the Cardinals. The only one that might be played is tonight’s games.