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Banner Night for Rizzo and the Cubs
It was a banner night around Wrigley Field Monday night.
Monday, Wrigleyville was packed for the first Cubs home game at Wrigley. Fans came to witness not only the Banner-Raising ceremony and game but to see all the new attractions around the ballpark.
“The walk-off caps it off, but that pregame ceremony, I really, honestly didn’t think it would be that [emotional],” said Anthony Rizzo.
The game was pushed backed due to rain but fans stayed and awaited what was yet to happen.
After a long day of “Banner Raising” and Wrigley Opening events, Rizzo walks it off to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over.
Kris Bryant got the offense going in the bottom of the third with his two-out RBI double. Bryant hit scored Kyle Schwarber from first and gave the Cubs an early one run lead.
The second run came on a Jon Lester ball that would ultimately scored Addison Russell to extend the lead.
During the sixth inning, Corey Seager double to right field and drives in Joc Pederson.
The Dodger were presented with a perfect opportunity in the seventh to take the lead when Carl Edward Jr. walked two batter and another reached on catcher’s interference. Justin Grimm took over and got Pederson to fly out and and pinch-hitter Andrew Toles to ground into a 4-6-3 double play and preserve the lead.
An Addison Russell error would tie the game at two in the eighth. Dodger had two batters on base when Chase Utley grounded into a field choice. Russell attempted to turn a double play but over threw the ball, Forsythe scored. Maddon felt Turner made contact and was called out.
To the bottom of the ninth they went. Jon Jay came in to pinch hit for Albert Almora. Jay singled on a line drive out toward left field to start things off. Tommy La Stella came in to replace Wade Davis. La Stella grounded out to Corey Seager at short and Jay went safe at second.
Sergio Romo comes into replace Kenley Jansen with one out and Bryant stepping to the plate.
Bryant ultimately struck out on four pitches.
Rizzo stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Rizzo took the first pitch and then fouled of the second one. On the third, Rizzo smashed a Romo cutter to left field that scored Jay and gave the Cubs the 3-2 home opener win.
A good end to a good night! pic.twitter.com/ENg5D6D69m
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 11, 2017
Joe Maddon realigned his lineup so Jon Lester could start the Wrigley Opener. Lester didn’t let Maddon regret that decision. He went six strong innings in which he only gave up one Dodger run and also struck out seven opposing batters.
Wade Davis survived the ninth and was awarded the win.
“I’ll remember this day for as long as I play baseball.” – Anthony Rizzo
Cubs (5-2) next game is Wednesday night at 7:05 central time vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (4-4) at Wrigley Field. Before the game, the Cubbies will continue the World Series celebrations. The Cubs will be presented with their World Series rings before the game, something the organization hasn’t experienced in over 108 years. John Lackey will take the mound for the Cubs and face off against Dodger’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy. Both are entering the game as a 1-0 pitchers.