Streak: W W W
CHC 6 – SEA 5
Felix Hernandez needed only two pitches to serve up Daniel Descalso’s first-career leadoff home run to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. But a seesaw match ensued.
The Mariners scored three in the fourth, thanks to fielding errors by David Bote and Javy Báez, to take a 3-2 lead. Kris Bryant doubled to leadoff the fifth and Anthony Rizzo followed with a two-run homer to put the Cubs back in front, 4-3. The Mariners countered with a run in the sixth and another run in the seventh for a 5-4 advantage.
Kyle Schwarber’s two-out, two-run bomb in the eighth capped the scoring. Steve Cishek escaped a prickly ninth to earn his first save of the season. The Cubs have won three-straight and 12 of 16.
HAMELS: 5.1 IP – 2 ER, 6 H – 3 BB, 7 K … 95 pitches
Cole Hamels put together a decent outing that was cut short by some bad luck. A couple of infield bleeders in the fourth turned into errors, which lead to runs, and an elevated pitch count. He lasted into the sixth before allowing his second earned run and was replaced by Brandon Kintzler who got a double play to escape further damage.
Despite the two costly errors in the fourth by Bote (4) and Báez (4) – neither were routine plays – both infielders later assisted in helping turn three double plays, none bigger than the twin-killing in the bottom of the ninth with two on on and no outs.
Schwarber’s home run traveled an estimated 440 ft. He’s hit safely in his last 5 games, is 7-for-15 during that stretch, including 4 of his last 7 hits going for extra bases; has raised his batting average 60-points (.241).
KB’s last 18 at-bats:
2 home runs
Alomora Jr. last 4 games:
8-for-14 (.571) — 0 BB, 4 K
Rizzo last 10 games:
13-for-38 (.342) — 4 BB, 5 K
Willson’s hit safely in 10 of his last 15 starts:
15-for-54 (.277) — 7 BB, 20 K
Former Cub (2013-17)
Went 0.2 IP last night walking one and striking out one.
14 appearances this season … 9.1 IP … 1.93 ERA.
Mike Montgomery makes a final rehab start Friday with Iowa. If all goes well he could be back in Chicago next week.
If all progresses well with Brandon Morrow’s latest treatment for his right elbow, he could be back in the Cubs bullpen around the All-Star break.
NEXT – Wed. at SEA, 5:40 p.m. CT
Jon Lester (1-1, 2.37 )
Marco Gonzales (5-0, .2.80)