Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (5/7/19): Cubs 5, Marlins 2 – Bryant Smashes 3-Run Walk-off Homer

It was a cold and breezy night at Wrigley Field, which was conducive for some pretty shaky defense by the Cubs. There were a few errors and misplayed balls, but Jon Lester was able to work through them and throw another great outing. Lester threw six strong innings, allowing two runs (none earned) and eight hits, while striking out six and walking none.

The Cubs offense was not fun to watch tonight. The bats struggled to get great contact, and struck out 12 times while drawing five walks. They also failed to take advantage of the opportunities they had. That was until the bottom of the 9th.

With men on first and second, and no outs, Daniel Descalso — pinch hitting for Steve Cishek — laid down a bunt to advance the Jason Heyward and Kyle Scwharber. After Albert Almora grounded into a fielder’s choice, Kris Bryant smashed a 99 mph fastball into the centerfield bleachers to send the fans home happy. (Box Score)

Why the Cubs Won

Lester and the bullpen pitched well, limiting the Marlins offense on a night where the Cubs struggled with situational hitting. If not for the great performance from the pitching staff, this very well may have been another loss against this lackluster Marlins team.

Key Moment

Kris Bryant’s homer was incredible, but the key moment of the game came much earlier than that. Curtis Granderson hit a double and advanced to third on a Jason Heyward error to lead off the 5th inning. Lester dug deep and induced a couple lazy fly balls, along with a weak grounder to first to get out of the inning. It was the final time the Marlins had a man in scoring position all night. Lester, Kintzler, Brach, and Cishek ensured the Cubs offense was going to win this one.

Stats that Matter

  • Lester pitched well, but the bullpen was exceptional: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • Albert Almora Jr., playing leadoff tonight, went 2-for-5 with a solo shot that tied the game up in the bottom of the third.
  • Kris Bryant has homered in three straight games. I think it is safe to say that he is back to his pre-injury form.

Bottom Line

The defense and offense weren’t great, but against a mediocre Marlins team they didn’t need to be. The Cubs still managed to keep it close until Bryant was able to walk it off. It was one of those hard-fought victories that shows the true grit of a team. With Cardinals loss, the Cubs are in first place again by half a game. Let’s hope for good.

On Deck

Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs will play their third game of four against Jose Urena and the Marlins. First pitch will be made promptly at 7:05 CT, with WGN carrying the television broadcast and 670 The Score with radio coverage.

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Matthias Woeckener

I'm a criminology doctoral student livin' in the South, and was drawn to the Cubs in the late '90s via WGN and Slammin' Sammy. My favorite current Cubs player is Anthony Rizzo. I hate bunts and intentional walks with a passion. Follow me on twitter (@wecknerd) for some great #content.

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3 Comments

  1. Matthias, thanks for mentioning the unsung heroes of that bottom of the 9th, Heyward and Schwarber who got on base which, if it didn’t happen, would have never brought about that HR from Bryant.
    That bottom of the 9th is classic oldtime baseball at its best with, and I’ll point this out, no one striking out.
    Those 12 K’s by the Cubs remains a big negative in my book — and it’s the bad part of contemporary baseball that drives me up the wall.

    As Ed Farmer of the Sox and John Rooney of the Cards regularly point out in their broadcasts, “keep the line moving” — and that is what the Bottom of the 9th so successfully demonstrated. once again.

    Just get on base; and good things can happen. Strike out and it kills a team.

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