Streak: W W W W W W W
STL 5 – CHC 13
Kris Bryant’s grand slam opened the flood gates as part of a six-run eighth inning and the Cubs completed a weekend sweep of the Cardinals to move into first place in the NL Central.
First sweep against St. Louis since Sept. 2017.
Since a (1-6) start, the Cubs are a MLB-best (18-6).
They’re (7-0-1) in their last 8 series.
Have won a season-high 7-straight … and 16 of their last 20.
During the 20 stretch the rotation’s posted a 2.49 ERA.
Every Cub starter, barring Jose Quintana, recorded at least one hit.
8 of the 12 hits went for extra bases:
2 home runs
Cubs with RISP: 6-for-10.
KB’s slam marks the fourth of his career … he’s reached base in 15-straight games.
Javy Báez has 6 multi-hits outings in his last 10 games.
The Cubs +51 run differential is the best in MLB.
6.0 IP — 2 ER, 8 H — 2 BB, 2 K … 103 pitches
Q’s last 5 starts:
(4-0) — 32.2 IP — 1.93 ERA
Some good, some bad on Sunday.
Willson Contreras made an absolute perfect throw to nab Paul Godschmidt attempting to steal 2B in the first; Ben Zobrist’s throw from left cut down Matt Carpenter at 3B in the third; an inning later, Zo robbed Yadi Molina of a hit with a sliding catch.
But the Cubs also committed four errors:
2 – Bryant
1 – Báez
1 – Heyward
The Cubs 28 errors are the 4th most in MLB … 2nd most in the NL.
The Cardinals have lost a season-high 4-straight.
According to STATS, Paul Goldschmidt entered the series with the second- highest slugging percentage against the Cubs in the live-ball era, trailing only Mark McGwire.
For the series, Goldschmidt went 2-for-13, 0 BB, 5 K
NEXT – Mon. vs. MIA, 7:05 p.m. CT
Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.86 ERA)
Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.19 ERA)