Defying the odds.
Nats starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez carried a two-run lead into the sixth inning, with his pitch count mounting. Playing the numbers, Dusty Baker left Gonzalez in to pitch to Rizzo; with only three previous hits against lefties, Soler; with only two previous hits against lefties and Russell who had no hits against lefties this season. All three Cubs came through with singles forcing Gonzalez out of the game with five earned runs to his credit, one more than he had allowed in his first five starts combined.
On a day when the wind played havoc with the outfielders, the defensive play of the game came courtesy of a bunt turned double play that killed a Nats rally.
Kris Bryant hit another “scoreboard shot” to left field that thanks to 23 mile an hour gusts was relegated to the 16th row. Just the second home run allowed by Gonzalez in 35 innings pitched this season.
1. Hector Rondon once again made quick work of the Nationals who went 1-2-3 on eight pitches to end the game.
2. Anthony Rizzo hit his 10th home run on Friday in the Cubs’ 28th game, becoming the fastest Cub to reach the 10-HR mark since Alfonso Soriano did it in 26 games in 2011.
3. The Cubs’ 6.14 runs per game average thus far this season is the major league’s highest.
4. The Cubs’ 68-24 record over their last 92 games going back to July 29, 2015 is the best record in the majors during that stretch.
5. The Cubs go for their second sweep in a row Sunday with Jake Arrieta on the mound. ‘Nuff said.
May 8, 1973 – After Cubs skipper Whitey Lockman is ejected in the 11th inning of a Jack Murphy Stadium contest, Ernie Banks takes his place for the last few innings of the Cubs’ 3-2‚ 12-inning victory over the Padres. The coach technically becomes the first black to ever manage a major league team.