Video: Cubs tie game, take lead thanks to timely second inning hitting
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The Cubs are used to producing runs via the long ball, but this is a club capable of scoring runs as potent — and swiftly — as any other major league team.
Just ask the Cardinals.
In Saturday’s NLDS matchup in St. Louis, the Cardinals raced to an early lead thanks to a Matt Carpenter home run in the first inning. Not to be outdone, the Cubs struck back with a little small ball.
After outfielder Austin Jackson stole third, Kyle Hendricks scored him with a well-placed bunt.
Garcia panics, Cubs tie game! pic.twitter.com/e5iWJkJXVU
— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) October 10, 2015
On the next at-bat, Addison Russell laid down a bunt that scored Jose Montero, increasing the Cubs’ lead to 2-1. Then Dexter Fowler would continue the scoring ways by beating out an infield single and scoring Hendricks.
At 3-1, you would think Chicago would be satisfied with a nice lead. Apparently, Jorge Soler didn’t think that was enough, so he crushed a pitch for a 2-run home run.
Jorge Soler con HR vs Jaime Garcia Chicago Cubs 5-1 St . Louis Cardinals MLB https://t.co/7DV2qowY3e
— José Manuel Villalva (@ElPepeSports) October 10, 2015
As quickly as the Cards got the lead, the Cubs erased it. If the Cubbies can tie the series, the team would put Jake Arrieta in a position to help put the Cubs in the driver seat of the NLDS.