Cubs Blow 8-0 Lead, Addison Russell Saves The Day With A Game-Winning HR In The 9th


So, ugh, this wasn’t exactly pretty for the Chicago Cubs, but they’ll take a win any way they can get it after blowing an 8-0 lead to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Addison Russell hit the game-winning home run in the ninth, making it 9-8, and then Wade Davis shut the door in the bottom half.

Russell’s home run was the fifth dinger of the night for the Cubs.

The Cubs jumped all over the Orioles in the first inning, getting four runs after five batters. Willson Contreras hit a three-run home run and then Kyle Schwarber followed up with a homer as well.

Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward also added home runs, extending the lead to eight after the top of the third inning.

However, Mike Montgomery didn’t have his best stuff, gave up some walks and was getting hit hard once he faced Baltimore’s lineup for the second time. Montgomery was lifted in the fifth inning, but Justin Grimm gave up more hits and at the end Montgomery was charged with four earned runs. During the fifth, Grimm gave up two earned runs of his own, cutting the lead to 8-6.

The Orioles tied the game with a Mark Trumbo two-run homer in the eighth, but thankfully Addison Russell got a hold of one and gave the Cubs the win.