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Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki answered the call — literally — with a home run

2 weeks agoAndy Martinez

As the Cubs look to break out of their funk, Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Jim Deshaies and Taylor McGregor tried anything to help turn it around.

McGregor and Sciambi switched positions before first pitch — the Cubs’ sideline reporter opened the broadcast in the booth and the play-by-play man was in the photo well.

Turns out, you just had to ask the Cubs.

Trailing by a run with 2 outs in the 5th, Deshaies quipped that Seiya Suzuki needed to hit a home run. Eight pitches later, on a full count, Suzuki deposited a solo shot past the center field wall to tie the game at 3.

“Didn’t know it was that easy,” Deshaies joked after the home run.

The Cubs immediately gave up the lead in the bottom half of the frame, though. Drew Smyly allowed a solo home run to Luis Matos that gave the Giants the lead for good in a 4-3 loss for the Cubs.

[WATCH: Craig Counsell address double steal call in 8th inning of loss to Giants]

It’s the 33rd 1-run game the Cubs have played in this season — they’re 14-19 in those games. The loss moved the Cubs to a season-low 7 games under .500 at the midway point in the season.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Pete Crow-Armstrong RBI single. The Giants rallied with 2 home runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-1 lead.

[WATCH: Nico Hoerner assesses Cubs at halfway point of season]

Crow-Armstrong then showcased his elite speed, scoring from first base on a single by catcher Miguel Amaya in the 4th inning.

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