The defending World Series champions lived up to their "We Never Quit" mantra on Tuesday night, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 9-7.
Pinch-running reliever Carl Edwards Jr. even swore afterward he could have stolen second and third bases but settled for advancing on a hit and grounder, then trotted home from third on Russell's game-ender.
Chicago (6-7), has struggled to offensively as of recent, failing to put up five or more runs in six of its last seven. Justin Grimm got his first win of the season and Wade Davis got his 3rd save of the year as the Cubs' bullpen gave up just 1 walk down the stretch from the 5th inning on to seal the win.
Jon Lester was moved to Friday's game at Cincinnati by Maddon, who reset the rotation by flipping Lester with right-hander Jake Arrieta, who will pitch Saturday. "It forces our guys to realize that just bringing back a lot of the same guys on a really good team doesn't [make it] just happen overnight".
Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell, center back, celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning three-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Chicago.
The Cubs hadn't won the World Series since 1908, after all.
Hendricks will be pitching on regular rest for the first time this season, and he hopes that leads to sharper command. "And I do think it's probably a little different with the Cubs 2016 ring, given how valuable it is and how long people waited". The St. Louis Cardinals look bad this season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates received word on Tuesday that star outfield Starling Marte will be suspended for 80 games due to PED use.
Thames set a Brewers record by getting a hit in his 12th straight start to begin the season. Jacob Barnes came on for the 7th and pitched a scoreless frame with three strikeouts, but Corey Knebel ran into trouble in the bottom of the eighth. Schwarber had led off the first 14 games and was replaced by Matt Szczur. It looks bad in Chicago right now, but by the end of May, this slow start will be a thing of the past.