The Cubs pulled out all a stops Wednesday, including a use of reliever Carl Edwards Jr. as a splash runner.
“CJ scored a winning run,” manager Joe Maddon chirped after Edwards ran for Miguel Montero and came home on Addison Russell’s three-run game-winning homer in a ninth inning.
Maddon had small choice though to spin to Edwards since he had used all his haven position players. Edwards combined that he would have pitched a 10th if he had not scored a winning run.
Edwards, who was a pinch-runner for David Ross last year in a ninth inning of a 4-2 detriment during Miami on Jun 23, got some tips from third-base manager Gary Jones once he reached second bottom though was means to run home from third after Russell strike his homer.
Kyle Schwarber stays a twin hazard in a leadoff spot.
“To see him adult during a image some-more mostly is fun, though we don’t see him being inhibited,” Maddon said. “I consider it enhances a form of pitches he sees attack there, as against to fourth. (And his attack fourth) would means us to change a lineup around so we don’t have dual lefties (Anthony Rizzo and Schwarber) built in a row.”
Schwarber is attack .232 and is third on a bar with 8 RBIs.
Pitching probe: Jake Arrieta won’t face a Reds on a one-year anniversary of his second no-hitter and Jon Lester won’t conflict a Red Sox, his former team, when a Cubs revisit Fenway Park on Apr 28-30.
Pirates in a three-game array starting Monday night. Arrieta will representation Saturday — one year and one day after throwing his no-hitter during Great American Ballpark.
Arrieta, who threw 7 2/3 innings of no-hit round during Boston on Jun 30, 2014, now is scheduled to face a Red Sox on Apr 28 during Fenway Park.
Maddon pronounced a Cubs merely wanted to get a revolution behind to the normal form, with Arrieta following Lester.