Cubs drub Brew Crew after scoring 10 runs in first two innings


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Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO — Continuing with their recent offensive uptick, the Chicago Cubs (10-9), clobbered the rival Milwaukee Brewers (11-8) in the opener of a three-game affair at Wrigley Field on Friday. The contest marked the seventh meeting of the young season between the Brewers and Cubs, and the North Siders did not leave this particular matchup up to chance, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the second inning and never looking back. With 17 hits, including four home runs, the Cubbies, who drove home 10 or more runs through the first two frames for the first time since 2009, cruised to a 15-2 bruising of the Brew Crew.

Former Cubs lefty Brett Anderson started on the mound but did not last long before leaving with knee discomfort. Back-to-back doubles by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo resulted in the Cubs going up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Rizzo's RBI double plated Bryant, and an ensuing single by Javy Baez was the final plate appearance of Anderson's short-lived outing. Josh Lindblom relieved Anderson and gave up an RBI single to David Bote that brought Rizzo across. A Jason Heyward walk loaded the bases, and Jake Marisnick then cleared them with a three-run double.

Making his first start of the season after getting called up on Thursday, Nico Hoerner put a bow on the six-run first with an RBI double that scored Marisnick. Lindbloom returned to the mound in the second and was taken deep by Rizzo and Baez in consecutive at-bats. The pair of solo shots, both of which traveled over 400 feet, gave way to a Bote base on balls and an RBI triple off the bat of Heyward, who then scored on an RBI groundout hit by Marisnick. Racking up 10 runs in just two innings, the Cubs' offense made life easy on Kyle Hendricks, who tossed six innings of two-run ball.

The top of the fourth ended in thrilling fashion, as Baez lived up to his "El Mago" nickname by making an impeccable diving stop at shortstop before flipping the ball out of his glove to Hoerner at second base. Hoerner then threw to Rizzo at first base, thus capping off the remarkable 6-4-3 double play made possible by Baez going all out in stopping a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Keston Hiura. Marisnick homered for the first time as a Cub with a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning.

Kolten Wong put the Brewers on the scoreboard with a solo jack in the sixth, and Billy McKinney followed it with a long ball of his own. Taylor doubled in the next at-bat, but Hendricks settled down thereafter and escaped the inning without giving up any more runs. Austin Romine scored Heyward with an RBI double in the sixth, and Willson Contreras proceeded to launch a three-run bomb to left, plating Marisnick and Romine. The 15-2 Chicago victory represented the third time in a span of a week that the Cubs eclipsed 10 runs.

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