Saturday, March 7, 2015

Cubs Bats Bite Braves, Mets

The Cubs score 17 runs in a two game sweep of the Braves at Wrigley, and then win a 9-8 offensive blowout against the Mets.

Game One: Atlanta jumps out to a 2-0 lead in the third as Felix Millan singles home a pair. The Cubs pound Phil Niekro (1-6) for seven runs in the fourth, as Billy Williams cracks a two run homer (12) and pitcher Joe Decker hits a three run shot. Rookie pitcher Decker moves to 4-1. Cubs 9, Braves 5.

Game Two: Chicago scores five times in the first three innings, including a three run first courtesy of a Ron Santo triple that plates three. Santo follows with another triple and his fifth homer of the year, knocking in five runs and leading to an early exit for Atlanta starter Pat Jarvis (4-2). The Cubs Kenny Holtzman goes nine to move his record above .500 to 4-3. Cubs 8, Braves 3.

Game Three: A showdown between teams near the top of the NL East. Chicago takes an early 2-1 lead as Santo strikes with sixth homer. But the Mets come back with three in the fifth as Tommie Agee hits his fifth homer and Cubs pitcher Bill Hands gets wild, walking two to lead to another run. In this seesaw battle, the Cubs get three of their own in the bottom of the sixth, two on Jim Hickman's fifth double that chases Mets starter Gary Gentry. The Mets get four more in the top of the ninth to take an 8-5 lead, as pinch hitter Ron Swoboda drives in two and Donn Clendenon delivers a pinch double to bring home two more. The Cubs come back to tie it at eight in the bottom of the eighth on Glenn Beckert's triple that drives home two.

Then, in the bottom of the ninth and score tied, ageless Mets reliever Don Cardwell allows a triple to Johnny Callison and eventually walks home the game winner to help the Cubs keep pace with the Mets in the division. Cubs 9, Mets 8.

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