Alright let’s face it, the Cubs got whooped against the first place Brewers the other day losing 11-2. But just one day later, the Cubs are back in the win column and Kris Bryant showed up in fashion.
After 3 scoreless innings for both teams, KB got the scoring started for the Cubs with his RBI triple that would score Zobrist. One batter later, Anthony Rizzo hits a 2-run BOOMER to put the Cubs up 3-0 after 4.
Bryant would get the scoring started for the Cubs again in the 6th with his first of two homers that put Chicago up 4-0 after 6.
The Pirates would get one back in the 7th after an RBI single from Bell that would plate McCutchen to make the score 4-1, but that would be all the scoring that Pittsburgh would do today.
In the bottom of the 8th, Kris Bryant would go yard once again for his second on the day, this time hitting a 2-run blast to put the Cubs up 6-1, which would inevitable be the final of this one as Chicago wins it, 6-1.
Kris Bryant broke out of his cold streak in fashion today going 4-5 with 2 homers, a triple, a single and 4 RBIs. He missed the cycle by one double, but that’s okay because I would much rather have the second homer over a double. His two homers now give him 18 on the year and despite his 4-5 day, he is still only batting .271. Hopefully this is a sign of what is to come in the second half of the season from KB.
After giving up 11 runs as a staff the game before, the Cubs pitching was lights out today.
Eddie Butler went only 4 innings but did not give up a run. He did have 3 walks though to only one strikeout.
Carl Edwards Jr. Would then pitch 1.2 innings of scoreless ball with 3 strikeouts.
Pedro strop would give up the only run of the day in is 1.1 innings pitched where he allowed 2 hits and a run.
Uehara then pitched an inning of scoreless baseball and then Wade Davis came in and we know how that goes. A scoreless inning from Davis would lead to a 6-1 cubs victory.
Going forward, I would love to see this lineup and also pitching staff stay more consistent to give the team a better chance at winning. Also, look for the Cubs to make some moves here and there to improve their team to make a strong second half playoff push.
The Cubs are currently 4 games out of first behind the Brewers.