I’m saying this as like it is a good thing the Cubs are playing .500 baseball but the Cubs got back to .500 today with a 7-1 victory of the Shitsburgh Pirates, pushing their record to an even 34-34. It was a pretty dominating performance all around and besides one error from Baez, I would almost say it was flawless.
Today’s victory also sealed up the series win for the Cubs and all things considered, it is a good sign to see this team win a series on the road again after struggling on the road as of lately.
In regards to the game, Anthony Rizzo continues his run as being the greatest leadoff hitter of all time going 3-5 with 2 RBIs, 3 runs, a double and a Ding Dong. His home run today marked his 150th of his career so far.
The Cubs started the scoring right off the bat in the first inning when Rizzo rocketed his double to get himself in scoring position. Then after Ian Happ got out, Willson Contreras stepped up and roped his first of 2 doubles to bring in Rizzo and make it 1-0 Chicago.
After a relatively quick 2 innings from Lackey, The Cubs picked up the scoring again in the third as Willson hit his second double of the day to bring home Jon Jay and Anthony Rizzo to push the score to 3-0 Cubs.
Jay picked things back up in the 4th inning with a single to left center with Baez on base to bring him home and make the lead 4 runs now sitting on a 4-0 score.
Things were relatively slow offensively for the Cubs for a few innings until Anthony Rizzo stepped up in the 7th inning and if you watched the game, we all know how this one ended. Rizzo BLASTED a 2 run ding dong dinger over the wall for a home run and to push the lead to 5, 6-1 after the Pirates scored in the previous inning on a Mercer home run.
That wasn’t it for the Cubs though as Ian Happ stepped to the plate in the 9th and he himself also BLASTED a 416 foot bomb to push the lead to 7-1 just for good measures and that’s all the Cubs would need today as that score would hold for the final and Chicago goes on to win, 7-1.
John Lackey would pick up the dub in this game in what was a very encouraging start not only for the fans but for the Cubs organization as well. A struggling Lackey pitched a hell of a game going 6 innings and only allowing 2 hits and one run while striking out 4. He did have 3 walks but I’m not complaining if this is the type of game he can pitch from now on.
The Cubs scored a total of 19 runs this series versus the Pirates and to me that is a very encouraging sign going forward. While we approach the all-star break fast, i’m hoping this series can be a turning point in Chicago and the Cubs will begin to string together a number of wins and get back to being the team we know they are.
All things considered, there’s only one more thing to say….. FLY THE MF W!