Schwarber HR seals Cubs' comeback vs. Mets

Zobrist logs 2nd straight 3-hit game; Maddon pleased with Chatwood's improvement

June 1st, 2018

NEW YORK -- Sometimes it takes a little longer to get a feel for things. knows that. So does the Cubs' offense.
hit a game-tying double and scored one out later on 's single in the seventh inning and added a three-run homer in the eighth to spark the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field. It was the Cubs' 14th come-from-behind win this year.
"I guess we don't really make too much of a big deal about [being behind]," Bryant said. "Sometimes it just takes a little longer to score runs, getting to third or fourth at-bats, and that's something that makes us a pretty good team."
The Cubs trailed, 2-0, in the seventh against Mets starter Zack Wheeler, who served up back-to-back singles to and pinch-hitter . Wheeler was pulled, and Schwarber greeted with a sacrifice fly. Zobrist then doubled and one out later, Bryant delivered his tie-breaking single.

It was Zobrist's second straight three-hit game, and he sounded a little like Chatwood as he tries to find his groove.
"More than anything, my swing actually feels right," Zobrist said. "That's kind of the key. I search for that most of the time, and when I find it, it just comes a little easier and I can drive the ball more and square up more balls. That's when I know I'm in a good spot."
"Whatever he's doing, I'd like a taste," manager Joe Maddon said of the 37-year-old veteran. "He's the Ponce de le Zobrist. He takes such wonderful care of himself. He'll probably do something in the weight room after this [game]. He's just a different cat."

Chatwood didn't get the win, but he may have fixed some of the problems he's had this season regarding command of his pitches. He began the day averaging 8.4 walks per nine innings, the most in the Major Leagues, and issued four over 5 1/3 innings. Since his last outing, the right-hander had been working on getting the ball out of his glove quicker and shortening his stride. The length of the outing on Friday was key, too, because Chatwood had lasted 2 2/3 innings in each of his two previous starts.
"It felt good," Chatwood said. "I felt like I was putting myself in a good position to get over my front side and be able to command the zone a little better. The sixth inning got away from me, but luckily the boys rallied and we won the game."
"I just thought he looked more comfortable out there," Maddon said of the right-hander. "He was not in as much of a hurry. I thought he had a better tempo about him. … Overall, I liked that he pitched more as opposed to trying to beat them up with his fastball."

Chatwood definitely had his teammates' support. The Cubs' position players wore their socks high in his honor.
"We were all doing it because Tyler wears his pants up," Bryant said. "We're all here supporting Tyler because it's his day."
Chatwood walked the leadoff man in the first, third and sixth innings, but the free passes only hurt him in the third. He walked , the Mets' No. 9 hitter, to start the third and then served up 's home run on an 0-2 fastball.
"It's just a matter of time with all of these guys to get them where they normally are and the back of the bubblegum card reads well," Maddon said. "Everybody goes through tough moments. I'm sure Chat will sleep well tonight and feel better about himself. It's a great building block going into his next start."

Benchwarmer: The Cubs rallied to score three runs in the seventh but the key at-bat may have been by pinch-hitter La Stella, who followed Russell with a single, his 12th hit off the bench. That's the most pinch-hits in the Majors this season.
Big bopper: The Cubs had two on and two out in the eighth when Schwarber connected on his 11th home run of the season, hitting the first pitch from Sewald. The homer had an exit velocity of 100.5 mph, according to Statcast™. ' single to set up Schwarber registered at 109.3 mph.
"It was really a team win," Maddon said, complimenting the reserves.

At 37, Zobrist is the oldest Cubs player with consecutive three-hit games since Moises Alou did so Oct. 2-3, 2004, when he was 38.
"He continues to really work good at-bats," Maddon said of Zobrist. "Those are great example setting at-bats. With rest, you keep that guy frisky, he can really play."
"It's more bragging rights, I guess. We always give each other a hard time in the offseason. He's my golfing buddy, so we're hanging out quite a bit. He's always able to get me out, especially in college. We had a lot of intrasquad games where the pitcher dominates us, and he was one of those guys." -- Bryant, on his former college teammate, Sewald
Mike Montgomery will make his second start of the season on Saturday, subbing for . The Cubs hoped Darvish would be able to come off the disabled list, but he's sidelined with inflammation in his right triceps. Montgomery gave them 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates on Monday. That was the lefty's first start of the season, and he retired the first 13 batters he faced and only gave up two hits. Ace right-hander will start for New York at 6:15 p.m. CT at Citi Field.