Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer, Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night for a sorely needed victory. I think everyone needs to start rallying around us even more now, because we need it even more. "Q did great. Some good at-bats". In 2016 he helped them get to the WIld Card Game.
Joe Maddon's team opens up the slate midweek next season as they travel to Miami to face the Marlins on Thursday, March 29th. The Cubs have lost four straight at home for the first time since June 7-10 after being outscored 20-3 in a three-game sweep against the Brewers over the weekend.
"It's a tremendous opportunity to get to hang out with some baseball players I'm huge fans of", Spieth said. "So there's nothing wrong with a solid pennant race".
During the bottom fourth, Quintana brought Kyle Schwarber in with a flawless sacrifice bunt and Kris Bryant delivered the big blow to put the Cubs up 4-1.
Quintana had another sacrifice bunt in the sixth and Zobrist knocked in the Cubs' sixth run.
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"The only way you end up on ESPN is if you really screw this one up, " he said. "You try to go out and attack".
"Today I had too many walks, too many stressful innings", Gsellman said.
Top Play (WPA): When Bryant stepped up to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs' win probability was at a tepid 55.2%.
NY got a run back in the fifth on d'Arnaud's sac fly, but Schwarber lofted his homer to right center with two outs off Tommy Milone to make it 5-2. In 10 previous games this month, the reigning NL MVP had six hits in 34 at-bats with no homers and no RBIs.
It's why Mets manager Terry Collins figured that righthander Robert Gsellman would be in for "a big challenge" on Tuesday night against the Cubs. They never relinquished the lead as they kept on putting leadoff on men throughout the game (in seven of eight innings they batted) and adding runs, including home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ. Contreras was 0-for-1 with three walks, as Rene Rivera replaced him behind the dish to start the eighth.