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The Chicago Cubs used small ball and the long ball to score five runs in the second inning and take the lead over the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS

By SI Wire
October 10, 2015

The Chicago Cubs used small ball and the long ball to score five runs in the second inning and take the lead over the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Down 1–0 with one out and runners on the corners, manager Joe Maddon had pitcher Kyle Hendricks lay down a safety squeeze with runners on first and third. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was indecisive after fielding the ball and committed a throwing error, allowing Austin Jackson to score. The following batter, shortstop Addison Russell, laid down a second consecutive squeeze bunt to give the Cubs a 2–1 lead.

Dexter Fowler then became the third Cubs player to reach base without hitting the ball out of the infield, driving in a run on a grounder that Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was unable to make a play on.

The following batter, Jorge Soler, then crushed a two-run home run to centerfield, giving Chicago a 5–1 lead.

Lance Lynn relieved Garcia in the third inning.

- Kenny Ducey

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