The J-Hey Kid: Jason Heyward comes to life, leads Cubs to victory


by - Senior Writer -
Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis did some damage at the plate in the Cubs' 7-1 triumph. (Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Jason Heyward and Jason Kipnis did some damage at the plate in the Cubs' 7-1 triumph. (Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

CLEVELAND — Following a four-day layoff, the Chicago Cubs (11-3) retook the field to battle the Cleveland Indians (10-8) in a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Tuesday's opener of the two-game series at Progressive Field saw the Cubs come out on top by a final score of 7-1.

In addition to lefty Jon Lester making a quality start for the North Siders, right fielder Jason Heyward produced his best offensive showing of the season thus far. Going 3-for-4 and hitting a three-run home run, Heyward manned the charge at the plate for the Cubs.


Inning-by-Inning Breakdown:


T1: Adam Plutko started on the mound for the Indians in place of Mike Clevinger, who was scratched from his start due to a COVID-19 protocol violation. Plutko went three up, three down in the first.

Score: Cubs 0, Indians 0


B1: Javier Baez nearly threw out his pal Francisco Lindor in a valiant attempt at preventing the speedy shortstop from tabbing an infield single. Anthony Rizzo stretched out at first base but could not quite reach the ball. Lester then issued a two-out walk, but the Tribe stranded two. Interestingly, the bottom of the first began with Kris Bryant making a play at third base that was similar to the final out of the 2016 Fall Classic.

Score: Cubs 0, Indians 0


T2: Willson Contreras singled, and Ian Happ followed that with a walk. A base knock by Heyward plated Contreras before Victor Caratini grounded into a double play.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


B2: Lester sat the Indians down in order in the second.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


T3: Playing against his former team, Jason Kipnis smacked a leadoff double. Kipnis, who suited up for the Indians from 2011-19, was given a video tribute before the game. He was left stranded in the third, though.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


B3: Cleveland suffered two groundouts and a strikeout in the bottom of the third.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


T4: Kyle Schwarber's leadoff base hit was spoiled by a double play groundout off the bat of Contreras.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


B4: Carlos Santana doubled with one out. With two outs and runners on the corners, Lester drew a flyout.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


T5: Plutko did not retake the mound for the fifth. The Cubs went down in order.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


B5: Lester continued to keep the Indians off the scoreboard with an easy fifth.

Score: Cubs 1, Indians 0


T6: The Cubs took a commanding lead thanks to a five-run sixth. Bryant kicked off the inning with a base on balls, and Baez hustled for an infield single soon afterward. Once Schwarber was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Contreras skied a sacrifice fly that ushered Bryant home. Happ then hit an RBI single, and, following a pitching change, Heyward went yard. The 359-foot bomb to right marked Heyward's second dinger of the season.

Score: Cubs 6, Indians 0


B6: Lester hit Lindor with a pitch, and Franmil Reyes scored Lindor with a two-out double.

Score: Cubs 6, Indians 1


T7: Kipnis crossed the plate against his old club. The second baseman garnered a leadoff walk and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch. Baez barreled a two-out double but did not score. He had some fun with Lindor after awkwardly sliding into second base.

Score: Cubs 7, Indians 1


B7: Reliever Ryan Tepera pitched a scoreless inning. Happ, who made a couple of solid plays in the outfield on the night, caught a fly ball in deep left field to end the frame.

Score: Cubs 7, Indians 1


T8: Happ and Heyward singled in a scoreless eighth.

Score: Cubs 7, Indians 1


B8: Colin Rea toed the rubber in the eighth and kept the Indians off base.

Score: Cubs 7, Indians 1


T9: Bryant reached via a leadoff single. Next, a potential double play was spoiled due to a throwing error committed by former Cub Mike Freeman. Rizzo took second on the play and then advanced to third on an ensuing groundout. Following a two-out walk of Albert Almora Jr., Contreras grounded out.

Score: Cubs 7, Indians 1


B9: Rea finished Cleveland off. Fittingly, Heyward caught the game-ending fly ball.

Final Score: Cubs 7, Indians 1


Statistical Breakdown:

Chicago Cubs: Batting: 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 2-Out RBI, 1 SF, 3 GIDP, 3-13 RISP, 7 LOB; Fielding: 1 E; Pitching: 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 IBB, 0 WP

Cleveland Indians: Batting: 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 2-Out RBI, 0-6 RISP, 7 LOB; Fielding: 1 E, 3 DP; Pitching: 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 2 HBP, 0 IBB, 1 WP


Studs of the Game:

Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward (RF): 3-4, 1 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 3 2-Out RBI, 2-2 RISP; Jon Lester (SP): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 IBB, 0 WP

Cleveland Indians: Franmil Reyes (DH): 2-3, 0 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 2-Out RBI, 0-1 RISP


Duds of the Game:

Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (1B): 0-5, 0 R, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 0-2 RISP

Cleveland Indians: Cameron Hill (RP): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 IBB, 0 WP


Up Next: The second and final game of the series will be played at 5:10 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 3.54) is set to pitch against right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 2.50) at Progressive Field. The forecast calls for warm temperatures and mostly clear skies.


Box Score:

Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians
Aug 11, 2020 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago (11-3) 0 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 7 11 1
Cleveland (10-8) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1
W: Jon Lester (2-0) L: Adam Plutko (1-1)


Highlights:

8/11: CHC @ CLE

Jason Heyward knocks in 4 runs and Jon Lester turns in another fantastic start! #WhereStoriesPlay

Posted by Chicago Cubs Highlights on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Comment on this story
Print   
Send Feedback to Cole Little: Email | Comment
Cubs reportedly will pick up Anthony Rizzo's 2021 option
Cubs reportedly will pick up Anthony Rizzo's 2021 option
MLB cancels upcoming Owner Meetings, Winter Meetings
MLB cancels upcoming Owner Meetings, Winter Meetings
Jon Lester is buying beer for Chicago Cubs fans this weekend
Jon Lester is buying beer for Chicago Cubs fans this weekend
Post your comments!
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest