Another day, another W for the good guys. After an ugly loss Saturday evening to the Reds, the Cubs came back swinging on Sunday with a decisive 9-0 victory.
It was another great day for Jason Hammel, who started for the Cubs, throwing 6 scoreless innings, striking out 7, and walking only 2. The shutout performance dropped Hammel’s ERA on the year to .75 which is good for #2 in the NL.
At the plate, Cubs hitters clearly had a big day. Anthony Rizzo continued his hot streak after a brief early season slump with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Rizzo now has 8 homers on the year, one behind Bryce Harper, and has 21 RBI for the season, 2 behind that Harper guy.
Another notable performance came from none other than Tommy La Stella. La Stella hit a homer in the 6th, crossed the plate 3 times, and went 3-5 on the day. La Stella is now batting .364 on the year with an OPS of 1.027.
What I was perhaps happiest to see, however, was a big day from Jason Heyward. J-Hey went 4 for 5 with 3 RBI and a run scored, showing some real signs of getting going at the plate.
The Cubs have the day off Monday as they head back to Wrigley for a 3 game set against Milwaukee beginning on Tuesday.