Streak: W W
After dropping the series opener on Friday, the Cubs rebounded to win the next two and the series. Consecutive victories pushed the Cubs back over .500 and they remain unbeaten in their last 6 series.
-Fri: D-Backs win, 8-3
-Sat: Cubs win, 9-1
-Sun: Cubs win, 6-5 *15 innings
FRIDAY: Kyle Hendricks had an off night and the Cubs dropped their second in-a-row. The Professor allowed 7 ER in five innings. Kris Bryant homered, his first since Opening Day, and Javy Báez belted his 9th HR of the season. It was Arizona’s fifth-straight win; the Cubs dropped to .500.
SATURDAY: David Bote had his first-career multi-HR game and drove in a career-high 5 RBI to lead the Cubs to a big win. Bote hit a three-run homer in the third — estimated by Statcast at 469 ft (nice) — and later smashed a two-run homer in the fifth. The benches cleared in the seventh when reliever Matt Koch hit Bote with a pitch during his third at-bat. But the dust settled just as quickly with no punches thrown. Yu Darvish didn’t have his best command, but easily had his best outing this season allowing one 1 R in 6.0 IP.
SUNDAY: Ben Zobrist’s double in the top of the 15th drove in the go-ahead runs and the Cubs survived a 5:36 marathon to earn the series win. The Cubs squandered several prime scoring chances in extras, twice failing to score with the bases loaded. Home runs from Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the 4th; however, Eduardo Escobar touched up Jose Quintana for two home runs, a solo in the 4th and a two-run shot in the 6th, to even things, 3-3. The clubs traded zeros for the next 8 innings until Zobrist reached third on the throw home in the 15th. Bryant followed with a sac fly to give the Cubs a 6-3 cushion, which turned out be the winning run, as the D-Backs scored twice in the bottom of the inning, but ultimately fell short, 6-5.
SERIES BOX SCORE
|Rizzo||4-16||HR (5)||2 2B||3 R||3 RBI|
|Bryant||3-14||2 HR (3)||2B||3 R||5 RBI|
|Baez||4-14||HR (9)||2B||3 R||RBI|
|Hendricks||5.0 IP||7 ER||10 H||1 BB||3 K|
|Darvish||6.0 IP||1 ER||2 H||4 BB||8 K|
|Quintana||5.2 IP||3 R||5 H||0 BB||2 K|
The series marked the Cubs first time playing on artificial turf since facing the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in September of 2017.
D-Backs reliever, Matt Koch (9.15 ERA), who hit Bote with the pitch on Saturday to ignite a benches clearing stare-off, was DFA following the game.
D-Backs catcher, Caleb Joseph, toed the rubber in the 9th during Saturday’s blowout loss. He retired Báez, Heyward and Bote on six pitches.
With Saturday’s victory Joe Maddon became the third fastest manager in franchise history to reach 400 wins; behind Frank Chance (1909) and Cap Anson (1885).
The Cubs went 2-for-15 with RISP on Sunday.
Zobrist entered Sunday’s game hitting .105 in his previous 12 games. He went 2-for-2 in the series finale, including his first extra base hit, the clutch two-run double in the 15th.
Walks continue to haunt this Cubs bullpen. Collectively, they’ve allowed the third most walks in the NL (57) trailing only Atlanta and Milwaukee; the Braves have played one more game than Chicago and the Brewers have played three more.
The ‘pen deserves a tip of the cap for Sunday’s outing: 9.1 IP – 2 R, 7 H, 11 K … but they also combined to walk seven batters.
Since being call-up on Friday, Dillon Maples has walked 5 batters in 1.2 IP.
Tyler Chatwood’s heater has been impressive. He touched the upper 90s again on Sunday and used four-straight fastballs to strike out John Ryan with the bags full to end the bottom of the 13th.
The division leading Cardinals are (8-2) in their last 10 and have the second-best run differential in the NL (+28) behind only the Dodgers (+31) … Cubs (+26).
Milwaukee is (3-7) in their last 10 and have an overall run differential of (-7); Christian Yelich left Sunday’s game in the fifth with lower back discomfort.
The Pirates are two games below.500 and in a (2-8) stretch in their last 10; their overall run differential is (-21); and against teams with a record better than .500 they’re (1-11).
Cincinnati is (6-4) over their last 10 with an overall run differential of (+10); the Reds Expected-Win-Loss-Record based on Runs Scored vs. Runs Allowed is (15-12).
NEXT – Tue. at SEA, 9:15 p.m. CT
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