Extra Innings

Jennifer Brugh
May 20 · 5 min read

Happy Monday — Here’s to another great week of baseball!

The Chicago Cubs remain at the top of the NL Central. We’ll have to see if they can hang on against the Philadelphia Phillies for the next four days…fingers crossed!

Mother’s Day recap

Our Mother’s Day edition didn’t include the result of the game, so here goes…

The team capped off the weekend and the series with a 4–1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a cold, and long night, but Jon Lester and the offense made it happen. Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings and the offense saw an explosive performance from Kris Bryant, which gave the Cubs the boost they needed heading into a lengthy road trip.

On the Road Again

The Cubs got a well-deserved off day on Monday, May 13, before starting a week long road-trip beginning in Cincinnati. The Reds were anything but harmless, handing the Cubs back-to-back loses in the middle of the week.

Game 1

With a 3–1 victory on May 14, the Cubs found themselves with the best record in the National League. Kyle Hendricks had another stellar performance, going into the 8th inning, giving up just 3 H and 1 ER. He also impressed the empty seats at the Great American Ballpark with his ability to swing the bat, going 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and two RBI.

Game 2

Hump day was not pleasant and the Cubs dropped game two of the Reds’ series with a 6–5 loss in extra innings. Yu Darvish continued to struggle (as he’s done all season…*sigh*). The Cubs lost their “best record on the NL” title, but remained in first place of the Central Division.

Game 3

Troubles continued in the land of the Cubs as the Reds again out-swong and out-ran the bears from the north. Eugenio Suarez shocked the Cubs and starting pitcher Jose Quintana. It wasn’t pretty, so we’ll just spare you the details and give you the final score: 4–2.

Onward to the Capital

In true fashion, the Cubs quickly dusted themselves off and marched straight into the nation’s capital with a mission…

Game 1

In a 14–6 victory, the Cubs enjoyed another outstanding performance from Bryant. The third baseman hit three homers in three innings for just the second time in his career. You can see some of the highlight reel here…’cause no more needs to be said.

Game 2

Again, the Cubs dropped a mid-series game on Saturday, May 18, and struggled in at bats, which carried over to the mound. Lester, who carried a 1.61 ERA into the game, allowed 10 H, 5 ER and had just 3 SO. Final: 5–2.

Game 3

The Cubs were victorious Sunday night, beating the Nationals 6–5 and taking the series 2–1. Hendricks didn’t give up a hit until the 5th inning. He continued his streak of great at bats with his own RBI bunt in the sixth, capitalizing on a play the Nationals couldn’t complete. Rizzo tacked on his seventh HR in just 15 games, and Kyle Schwarber add two sac flies and a run scored.

Rizzo Returns

If you noticed that the first baseman had been MIA for a bit last week, then we’re here to tell you that all is well…just some back stiffness. The star returned Friday night for the first game against the Nationals. He text his manager earlier in the day to say he was good to go.

Cameras capture a precious Bryzzo moment during Friday night’s win in Washington, D.C. Photo: MLB.com

Heartbreak

Fan’s were heartbroken last week when news outlets began reporting that Ben and Julianna Zobrist were getting divorced. It came to light that on May 13, Julianna filed for divorce, but did not site a reason. Later, we’d learn that Ben also filed for divorce in Tennessee, siting inappropriate martial behavior on Julianna’s part. We’ll have to see how this plays out, but Ben remains on personal leave and the club has made it clear that they will respect his privacy and give him and his family all the time needed.

Maddon Protest

Cubs manager Joe Maddon formally protested the Cubs’ 5–2 loss on Saturday, May 18, stating that the Nats’ closer, Sean Doolittle, used an illegal pitching delivery. *A very similar delivery that officials told Carl Edwards, Jr. he couldn’t perform at the start of the season.* The umpires made note of the protest and allowed the game to continues for the last two out. Prior to Sunday night’s game, Maddon and the Cubs dropped the protest, but Maddon made it clear that he was sending a message to the Nationals and the league for punishing his pitcher earlier in the season.

We’ll let you decide if it was illegal are not…

Arrieta returns

(*slow clap) Jake’s back

That’s right, Jake Arrieta returns to Wrigley Field on Monday, May 20. Only this time, he’s in a Phillies uniform. The ace pitcher will make his first career start against his old club in a head-to-head with Yu Darvish. Here’s to breaking out that Arrieta jersey you haven’t worn in a while, cracking open an Old Style and watching Monday night baseball!

A Look Ahead

The Cubs return home for seven straight days. Here’s what the week will look like:

  • Mon, 5/20 Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 8:05 p.m. ET
  • Tue, 5/21 Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
  • Wed, 5/22 Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6:05 p.m. ET
  • Thur, 5/23 Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Fri, 5/24 Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Sat, 5/25 Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Sun, 5/26 Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 2:20 p.m. ET

Jennifer Brugh is a freelance writer, content creator and social media specialist with a Masters in sports journalism. Born and raised in northern Indiana, Jennifer enjoys following the Chicago Cubs through all the ups and downs. She low-key wants to live in a van and travel South America. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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