CI Recap (8/12/17) – D-Backs 6, Cubs 2: Sixth-Inning Meltdown Dooms Cubs

A lack of offense and sloppy defense combined to doom the Cubs at Chase Field in Phoenix on Saturday.

A single by Kris Bryant and an error on an Anthony Rizzo grounder put two men on in the top of the 1st, but Arizona starter Patrick Corbin escaped with no damage done. Jon Lester allowed four scattered singles, pitching well in the middle innings on Saturday keeping the D-Backs scoreless.

Javy Baez and Alex Avila singled to open the 5th inning and were sacrificed to second and third by Lester. Albert Almora Jr. grounded to a drawn-in Ketel Marte at short, who threw out Baez at home (the call was challenged and confirmed). After Bryant walked, Rizzo hit a deep drive to right that was caught at the warning track.

The Cubs and Lester fell apart in the 6th inning, starting when Adam Rosales singled and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Chicago elected to walk Paul Goldschmidt and make someone else beat them. So JD Martinez did just that, doubling to right scoring Rosales.

Lester got a grounder to short with the infield drawn in. Baez fired home, but the throw sailed high, allowing the run to score. Brandon Drury then smoked …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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