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Lester, Cubs Bats lead the Cubs to a 14-3 Victory

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Lester, Cubs Bats lead the Cubs to a 14-3 Victory

After a rough Monday outing by the Jon Lackey and the Cubs, a new day came. After the game, some opinions were shared on the struggles of the ball club by Madden, Lackey, and others which caused some discomfort in among some. That did not distract Jon Lester and this Cubs team come Tuesday. Lester and the Cubs lineup pushed all of that aside and put together an all-around strong performance. Joe Maddon put Anthony Rizzo in the lead-off spot for the first time in his career and was a major key to success in their 14-3 win over the New York Mets.


The offense was not an issue for the Cubbies as they erupted for 14 runs against Mets.

Rizzo, in his new role, smacked a lead-off home run to open up the game.

Yoenis Cespedes hits a rocket down the left field line that scores Juan Lagaras, tying the game at one.

The top of the second brought memories happy memories back to Cubs fan across America with their run production. Rizzo had Contreras, Lester, and Almora Jr. all on base when he stepped to the plate. In a 7-pitch at-bat, Rizzo survived with a RBI walk. Rookie Ian Happ on the first pitch he saw, hit his first career grand slam.

The Cubs continued the offense production with some help from Addison Russell. Russell had the 3-1 green light and drove in Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward with a double. Cub leave the inning with an 8-1 lead over the Mets.

Rizzo hit an RBI double for his second hit of the game and the third run batted in during the second inning to expand the lead in the third.

Jason Heyward swung at the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning and launched it to right field, scoring Bryant. That gave them a whopping 10 run lead.

The second half of “Bryzzo” a solo home run for his fifteen of the season during the seventh inning.

To close out the eruption of runs, Javier Baez hit the team’s fifth home run of the game, scoring Albert Almora Jr. Cubs lead 14-1 after the top half of the ninth inning.

Justin Grimm was pulled after a scoreless 8th in favor of Felix Pena. Pena quickly got Jay Bruce out on a ground ball before allowing Neil Walker and Lucas Duda to hit back-to-back home runs. After allowing the solo home runs, Pena settled down and got Travis d’Arnaud to lineout and Jose Reyes to strike out on three pitches.


Lester pitched like an ace that he supposed to be on Tuesday. He tossed seven innings, allowing one run, and matching his season in strikeouts (10). Jon earned his 150th career win after falling short during the previous 4 attempts. After the game, Lester expressed to the media the win was more important for the team than for any personal career moments.

Lester to the media said, “That was a big one for us tonight on a lot of levels — pitching, offense, baserunning, defense. It was a good night for us.”

What’s Happ-ening

Happ had a major accolade in the second inning versus the Mets. His 6th home run and first career grand slam made him the youngest switch-hitter to ever accomplish the feat.

Next Game

Wednesday night, Mike Mongomery will go up against Matt Harvey at Citi Field.

Mike Montgomery is making his second start off the season after taking over Kyle Hendricks starting role. Montgomery stepped into the role with little time to prepare but had a modest performance, going 4 innings and allowing 2 runs. Montgomery has never faced the New York Mets.

Matt Harvey with a strong last outing against the Atlanta Braves which saw him pitch five scoreless innings. Harvey has had quite some success during his 2 starts verse the Cubs. Through 2 starts, Harvey has gone 1-0 over 14 1/3 inning, while striking out 15, and posting a 1.26 ERA. The Cubbies are batting .167 against Harvey in his career.