Cubs comeback falls short against Giants
CHICAGO -- A Cubs comeback almost happened down six runs, but the San Francisco Giants held on to defeat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Monday night at Wrigley Field. The Giants showed their muscle early with Joe Panik's solo homer to centerfield to put the Giants up 1-0. Panik wasn't done in the game as he had a RBI double in the third inning to add the Giants lead at 2-0. Brandon Belt followed up with a RBI single in the inning to put the Giants up 3-0. Justin Ruggiano pushed the Giants lead further with a RBI double in the fourth inning as the Giants had a substantial 4-0 lead.
Belt continued the offensive onslaught with his ninth homer in the fifth inning to put the Giants up 5-0. The Giants came into the game with the worst slugging in the majors but have managed two homers and three doubles through the fifth frame. Lackey was pulled after only five innings giving up seven hits, five runs, two walks while striking out six batters. His ERA is now up to 4.82 for the 2017 season.
The loudest cheer of the home crowd for the majority of the game was when Wrigley Field's scoreboard showed a clip of David Ross on Dancing with the Stars in the eighth inning.
The Cubs showed some signs of life with as Javier Baez nailed a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the lead to four runs at 6-2. The blast was his seventh homer of the season. On the very next pitch after Baez's homer, Cubs rookie Ian Happ hit his first triple of his short major league career with a laser shot to left field. Happ already has seven extra-base hits including two homers in only 27 total at-bats. Ben Zobrist following the triple with his two-run homer to put the Cubs down only by two runs at 6-4. The homer was his fifth of the season for Zobrist.
The Cubs showed their grit by nearly completing the comeback with some offense and solid bullpen effort but were held scoreless in the ninth inning as the Giants got a rare 20th win on the season. Happ struck out with Baez on first base to end the game. Both teams will be back at it on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field at 6:05 CDT.
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