The last time the Cubs played the Indians at Wrigley Field, Chicago won Game 5 of the 2016 World Series. Tyler Chatwood was a member of the Rockies then and didn't have a rooting interest. He did on Tuesday night, and the outcome was frustrating for the right-hander. Chatwood walked six over 2 2/3 innings and served up a crushing three-run homer to Jose Ramirez in the Cubs' 10-1 loss to the Indians, who took a 2-1 lead in this four-game, home-and-home Interleague series. The teams split a set at Progressive Field on April 24-25.
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Albert Almora Jr. and Manny Machado used to pretend they were on the same team, playing in the World Series, back when they were growing up in South Florida. On Tuesday, the two were asked about the possibility of one day playing together for real.
Jon Lester will close the brief Interleague series tonight, facing the Indians for the second time this season, in the MLB Network Showcase game. On April 25 at Progressive Field, he gave up three runs, all on solo homers, over seven innings but took the loss in a 4-1 decision. The lefty is coming off a win over the Reds in which he gave up two hits over six innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field, and the Tribe will counter with right-hander Adam Plutko.
Watson golfs from home plate in Wrigley visit
Yu Darvish threw six strong innings to lift Chicago over the Reds, 6-1, in the series finale Sunday at Great American Ball Park. In doing so, Darvish earned his first win in a Cubs uniform, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven. He was backed by three homers, as Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez smacked back-to-back homers in the second inning and Ben Zobrist added a solo shot in the fifth. Reds starter Tyler Mahle gave up all three home runs and now has allowed a National League-high 13 this season.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
In the second inning of Sunday's series finale, Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber sent a 1-1 changeup from Reds starter Tyler Mahle into the right-field seats with a laser shot at Great American Ball Park for a two-run home run. Moments later, shortstop Javier Baez sent a 2-1 slider out of the park for a solo shot of his own, giving Chicago a 3-1 lead.
Who do the Cubs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Chicago's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
Watch Javier Baez's epic double play against the Reds
The Cubs' bullpen was dominant over 25 innings pitched last week, posting a 1.80 ERA. All but three Cubs relievers finished the week unscored upon, helping the relief corps earn the Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the week of May 14-20.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Jose Quintana pitched seven dominant innings and got plenty of offensive help as the Cubs cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Reds in Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park. After the Reds won Game 1 in walk-off fashion, Quintana allowed just one hit, with seven K's, and Ian Happ hit his second homer of the day -- the Cubs' 14,000th as a franchise -- in the Chicago rout. Jason Heyward added a three-run triple and Anthony Rizzo a two-run double off Reds starter Sal Romano, who allowed seven earned runs in five innings.
In the top half of the fourth inning in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, Cubs' left fielder Ian Happ drove a first-pitch fastball from Reds starter Sal Romano into the right-field bleachers. The solo shot from Happ was his seventh of the season and the 14,000th home run in Cubs history.
Cubs reliever Justin Wilson entered the game in the top of the 11th and issued a bases-loaded walk to center fielder Billy Hamilton, and the Reds walked off to beat the Cubs, 5-4, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday at Great American Ball Park.
Reds reliever Amir Garrett got pretty animated after he struck out Cubs second baseman Javier Baez to end the top of the seventh inning. Baez took exception to Garrett's excitement, and that was all it took for the benches to clear on Saturday afternoon. The Reds went on to win in the 11th inning, 5-4, on Billy Hamilton's walk-off walk.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.
Following a one-hour, 33-minute rain delay, the Cubs started Friday's game with five consecutive hits and let starter Jon Lester do the rest, coasting to an 8-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Chicago finished with three runs in the first, which was plenty for Lester, who allowed two hits and one run in six innings, with eight K's. Adam Duvall's solo homer off Lester in the fifth accounted for the lone Reds run.
The Cubs activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa.
With one-fourth of the 2018 season in the books, the National League has been equal parts wide open and upside down. And that's particularly true in the NL Central. This looks like both a fun division and a good one.
Happ stops by The Weather Channel for forecast
A shaky eighth inning for the Cubs' bullpen with two bases-loaded walks saw nine Braves come to the plate in Chicago's 4-1 loss to Atlanta at SunTrust Park on Wednesday.
Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. robbed Braves catcher Tyler Flowers with a leaping catch at the wall in the bottom of the second inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss in Atlanta.
The Cubs activated Yu Darvish from the disabled list on Tuesday in time for the right-hander to start the series opener against the Braves at SunTrust Park. They optioned outfielder Mark Zagunis to Triple-A Iowa.
The Braves were mere centimeters away from striking first against the Cubs at SunTrust Park on Tuesday, but Kyle Schwarber's arm had different plans. The Cubs' left fielder had a short window to throw out Freddie Freeman at the plate as the lumbering first baseman attempted to score from first following a steal of second base and a throwing error by catcher Willson Contreras.
The Cubs got to Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino for two runs in the top of the ninth in Tuesday's 3-2 win at SunTrust Park. With the Cubs down, 2-1, after Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr.'s solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell hit back-to-back one-out doubles to tie the game and set the stage for Ben Zobrist's two-out single to center for the go-ahead run. Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth for the save. Yu Darvish fired four strong innings in his return, and starter Mike Foltynewicz struck out 10 in five innings for the Braves.
Tucked among a storage unit that houses some of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's personal belongings is a framed poster bearing the image of Jackie Robinson.
On two occasions, a timely two-run homer provided the Cubs with a lead Monday vs. the Braves. But both times, Jose Quintana's inability to keep the ball in the ballpark proved costly. Albert Almora Jr. and Kris Bryant each homered, but on a day when home runs accounted for all the scoring until the ninth inning, the three blasts that Quintana surrendered were the difference in the Cubs' 6-5 loss at Wrigley Field.
It's hard to pick the winner in the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the White Sox on Sunday at Wrigley Field if you only looked at the pitching lines of the two starters.
Sunday was a special day for Kristin Root, who celebrated being cancer free with her parents and husband, Jonathan, at Wrigley Field.
Cubs bullpen recreated the 'Superbad' intro
Javier Baez provided a spark in the leadoff spot, Anthony Rizzo continued his May surge with a three-run homer in a four-run first against James Shields and Willson Contreras drove in three runs, including his third homer and 10th RBI of the series, to lead the Cubs to their fifth straight win. After Jon Lester's steady 5 2/3 innings, Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer in the eighth and the Sox brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Brandon Morrow put out the fire for his ninth save.
Javier Baez can't explain how he makes that swim move when he slides into second base to avoid a tag. It's part of the magic of Javy. Baez became the sixth player to lead off this season for the Cubs, and he provided a spark with a leadoff triple on Saturday in an 8-4 victory over the White Sox at Wrigley Field.
Baez turns magician to avoid tag on a steal
Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of Ian Happ's first callup to the Cubs, and he'll be able to celebrate that as well as Mother's Day. How different has it been for Happ? Now, he's playing golf with Jon Lester and joking with Anthony Rizzo. A year ago, he couldn't imagine that.
Willson Contreras celebrated his bobblehead day on Friday afternoon in grand fashion, hitting his second career grand slam and finishing with a career-high seven RBIs to power the Cubs to an 11-2 victory over the crosstown-rival White Sox in the first game of the Interleague series at Wrigley Field. Contreras' slam came in the first inning to give Tyler Chatwood all the runs he needed. Contreras also hit a double in the fourth, a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the seventh.