The Chicago Cubs pitching was once again superb as Kyle Hendricks went 5+ innings allowing just one run. It took some late inning heroics as Jason Heyward’s solo home run in the 11th lifted the Cubs to victory.
Things were starting to look a lot like Friday for the Chicago Cubs. The pitching had been solid as Kyle Hendricks allowed just one run in his 5+ innings of work. But as the Cubs went to the seventh inning they were still getting shut out. The one man who seemed to have things figured out was Kris Bryant. The Cubs managed just six hits–and Bryant had three of them. That included a two-out RBI single in the seventh that tied the game at 1-1.
The game went to the 11th, where Jason Heyward hit a solo home run into the Cubs bullpen to give them a 2-1 lead. Wade Davis picked up the save to stay perfect on the year–21 for 21. Mike Montgomery got the win in relief by stranding the potential go-ahead run at second in the 10th.
The Cubs pitching was once again impressive, and that’s continued since the break. A loss for Jose Quintana is the only one that took a loss–but pitched well enough to win–of the starters after the break. There are plenty of things that have gone on to help the Cubs, including acquiring Quintana from the Sox. But it’s the staff as a whole that has turned things around.
Instead of the usual rumors that have been circulating about the Cubs recently, we went in a different direction. We talked about David Price and how the Cubs bid–which was third in line–might have been the best thing that happened to the Cubs. And with his recurring elbow issues, it could have been a costly addition. It might not have gone exactly as it has as everything creates the next move, but the Cubs are likely okay with not getting Price before last season.
We also want to take a moment to remember John Arguello from Cubs Den, who passed away on Saturday. He touched all of us in some way that has become part of the blogosphere of Cubs baseball. You will be missed, John. But never forgotten.
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