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Read and Know About Cubs vs Athletics- The Chicago Cubs produced a stunning comeback to beat the Atlanta Braves, while the Milwaukee Brewers ended the New York Mets’ nine-game winning run.
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.
RICHARDS SHINING LIGHT IN MARLINS LOSS
Making only his third MLB start, 24-year-old Miami Marlins right-hander Trevor Richards pitched seven scoreless innings against the hot 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.
COSTLY COBB STRUGGLES
Baltimore Orioles starter Alex Cobb labored against the Boston Red Sox, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in only 3.6 innings in a 10-3 defeat.
GOLDSCHMIDT HOMERS AGAINST DODGERS
Arizona Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt absolutely crushed this Rich Hill pitch into the second deck in a 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.Chili Davis joked that he flunked his theology class, so he’s not about to deliver any sermons during a prolific rash of strikeouts.
“And they don’t need me preaching constantly,” the Cubs’ new hitting coach said Monday after his batters struck out 11 more times in a 1-0 loss to rookie Tyler Mahle and the Reds. “I’m not a preacher. If I have something to say to someone, I’m going to say it to them and give them the opportunity to get the work if they think they need it, or when I think they need it.”
From manager Joe Maddon to Davis to Anthony Rizzo — who struck out with the bases loaded against Raisel Iglesias to end the eighth — there was not a kernel of concern expressed about the Cubs offense.
But the strikeout total, which reached 58 through five games, represents a carryover from last season.
Davis spent 19 years as a formidable major-league hitter, and he has been successful working with young batters during previous stops as a hitting coach with the Athletics and Red Sox. With the Cubs, he inherited a group of young hitters with a penchant for high strikeout totals.
“We’re hoping for a fast start,” Davis said. “It can still happen. We get some guys locked in, and we’ll see where we go.
“We are the Chicago Cubs. Guys are going to raise their game against us, but I expect my offense to rise to the occasion, too.”
Maddon, while leaning back in his chair with his hands tucked in the pouch of his sweatshirt sarcastically replied, “I’m really upset” about his team’s 2-3 start and consecutive shutouts.
“I’ve talked about the B hack, moving the baseball, and we have struck out a lot,” Maddon said. “It’s been exacerbated by the 17-inning game (20 strikeouts with eight extra-inning whiffs). We’ve struck out a lot. But there’s a higher number based on that one game. But we have to be better.”
Mahle, 23, the Reds’ fourth-ranked prospect by Baseball America, struck out six of the first 10 batters with the aid of a darting fastball. He whiffed Kyle Schwarber on a 94-mph pitch with runners at first and second to end the first, and he earned four of his seven strikeouts on called third strikes.
“You have not heard of him before,” Maddon said. “But if he stays well, you’re going to hear from him in the future.”
Another trend that has carried over from last season is the inconsistent run production. After scoring 10 runs Saturday, the Cubs have been blanked in consecutive games.
Rizzo, who chased a 95-mph fastball from Iglesias that tailed high and away to end the eighth, stressed patience.
“We have a fun group, a good group,” Rizzo said. “We’re not going to ride the roller coaster as hard as everyone else outside. We’ll just be fine.”
Rizzo popped out with runners at first and third in the third inning of a scoreless game Sunday, but he intimated the results would balance over the course of the season.