Cubs come back to cut down Braves

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

Talk about a pitcher's duel! He's a bigger asset to the Cubs than to fantasy teams. May. It was the fourth homer for Acuna.

Chicago's Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list and worked four innings, giving up a homer to Ender Inciarte. He gave up nine hits and three walks, and he struck out six. The Cubs scored an unearned run in the fourth on Kurt Suzuki's throwing error after a strikeout.

Foltynewicz bounced back from his worst start of the season to allow just three hits over five scoreless innings in a victory over the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday, but he continued his inability to go deep into games. That run came in the 8th on a solo shot by Ronald Acuna Jr. off of Carl Edwards Jr. As for the Braves bullpen, they shut the Cubs down until their closer Arodys Vizcaino entered.

Back-to-back doubles by Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell tied it at 2, and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Vizcaino (1-2).

Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning.

The losing pitcher was Jose Quintana (4-3), who was chased after allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

With this win, the Cubs won't have another five game streak! In their last five games, including tonight's game, the Cubs have gone W-W-L-L-W.

The Braves beat the Cubs in their makeup game yesterday at Wrigley Field, 6-5.

First, Mike Montgomery's pitch skipped past Contreras but caught a fortuitous ricochet off the backstop, bouncing right back to the catcher so he could make a quick throw to Montgomery covering home.

Darvish, on the other hand, benefited from a brilliant defensive play by left fielder Kyle Schwarber in the first, a unusual sequence that began after Contreras' errant throw on Freddie Freeman's steal of second deflected off the runner into short left field. Without those plays, it's quite possible that the game would not have only required two late runs to win.

The bitter taste of that sweep, though, seemed to be wiped away by a team dinner at Bern's Steakhouse in Tampa prior to a two-game sweep of the Rays at St. Petersburg. The Cubs will send Tyler Chatwoood to the mound, and he will be opposed by Brandon McCarthy at 6:35 CT on WGN.

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