Bullpen Session

Bullpen Session 5.5.19

2nd; -0.5
Streak: W W W W W W

STL 5 – CHC 6
Taylor Davis had the biggest hit of his career and Javy Báez added the exclamation point as the Cubs won their sixth straight to pull within a half game of the Cardinals, who’ve dropped three in-a-row.

Davis’s fourth-inning, game-tying grand slam off Michael Wacha was the first home run of his career; he may never have a bigger moment.

Even sweeter, the Cards intentionally walked Schwarber to face Davis.

According to STATS, Davis is only the seventh player in MLB history, and the first Cub, to hit a game-tying grand slam for his first career home run.

The last Cub to hit a granny for his first career home run was Kevin Tapani at Atlanta on July 20, 1998.

Javy’s eighth-inning, go-ahead home run was his 11th this season, seven of which have been hit to the opposite field.

Another frustrating start from Yu Darvish:

4.0 IP — 5 ER, 6 H — 5 BB, 4 K

81 pitches in 4 innings … the same number Hendricks needed Friday to pitch a complete game shutout.

Darvish was so predictable:
-Fall behind, throw fastball, allow hit.
-Walk batter.
-Wild pitch.
Repeat sequence.
-Fall behind, throw fastball, allow hit.

-Walk batter.
-Wild pitch.

Waiting for Yu to figure it out has been frustrating.
Seven starts … one quality outing … a bunch of meh.
Davis, Báez and the bullpen let him off the hook Saturday.
Otherwise, Darvish would’ve been front and center had the Cubs lost.

5.0 IP — 0 R, 3 H — 1 BB, 7 K

-Kintzler (W, 1-0)
-Strop (S, 4)

Daniel Descalso was lifted in the fourth inning due to a sore left ankle.

NEXT – Sun. vs. STL, 6:05 p.m. CT
Adam Wainwright (3-2, 3.73 ERA)
Jose Quintana (3-1, 3.48)