2017 Cubs victories revisited, July 14: Cubs 9, Orioles 8

Addison Russell saved the day.

The Cubs blew an eight-run lead in this game.

Thanks to Addison Russell, they won anyway. The 9-8 win began the season’s second half. The Cubs were still under .500 thanks to a poor homestand, but this win brought them to 44-45, trailing the Brewers by 5½ games in the N.L. Central.

BALTIMORE — The Cubs hit five home runs Friday night, matching their season high, and defeated the Orioles 9-8.

So all’s well, right?

Not… exactly.

Four of those home runs came in the first three innings and the Cubs raced out to an 8-0 lead. But when the Orioles put up single runs in the third and fourth, this annoying thought kept running through my head: “Please don’t blow an eight-run lead.”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Cubs did. I’ll get to all of that, because despite the win, the complaint department is definitely not closed. But first, let’s have a look at Addison Russell’s home run, the one that bailed out all his teammates [VIDEO].

At first, that ball didn’t look like it was going to make it into the seats, but the line drive just kept rising and landed four rows …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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