CIN 6 – CHC 8
6 ER in 7-innings and … applause.
That’s where we’re at with Yu Darvish.
If it’s not a disaster outing it must be a step in the right direction.
2nd worst outing by Game Score (32).
Nine line drive hits on Saturday.
First time Yu’s pitched past the 6th … lasted until the 8th.
So, we’ll credit to him for supporting a taxed bullpen.
But it has to get better, right?
DARVISH: (2-3, 5.40)
7.0 IP — 6 ER, 12 H — 2 BB, 5 K
Tyler Chatwood earned the save.
His first since 2017.
The third of his career.
That’s where we’re at with the closer situation.
After Chatwood entered in the 9th and allowed back-to-back singles to Votto and Suárez, Jesse Winker became the real hero by grounding into a double play.
If not for that twin-killing, the half inning probably ends tied or worse.
But it didn’t, so it doesn’t matter—at least for one game.
But this is, by the Cubs own making, the closer situation going forward:
Hold on to your butts and cross your fingers the door stays shut.
Should be fun.
10-straight games leading off.
Hit safely in 8 of 10.
4-game hitting streak.
BRYANT: (2-4, 2B)
Multi-hits in 4 of last 5 games.
This series: 4-for-9
RIZZO: (1-4, 2B)
7-game hitting streak.
11 RBI during streak.
HEYWARD: (1-4, HR)
First HR in 15 games
*walk-off vs. MIA
ALMORA JR: (1-2, HR)
Sac hit, 2 runs scored.
Last 12 games: 4 HR
BOTE: (1-1, 2B, RBI)
Drove in go-head run in 8th.
4-game hitting streak:
Hitless this series.
Last 7 games:
NEXT – Sun. vs. CIN, 1:20 p.m. CT
Tanner Roark (3-3, 3.51 ERA)
Jose Quintana (4-3, 3.30 ERA)