If that isn’t exactly what we’re looking for, I don’t know what is. Not even sure where to start, so I’ll start by saying last night’s win kind of made me feel like this…
But in all seriousness, this was a complete performance out of the Cubbies. Arrieta pitched 7 absolutely stellar innings, allowing only 2 hits and 0 runs. He only struck out 6, but 2 of those were against Mike Trout, who was held to an 0-4 night. In the 8th, Grimm did his thing, and then Travis Wood came in and shut it down in textbook fashion.
At the plate, Fowler got the evening started off right with a leadoff double. Fowler would ultimately go 3-4 with 3 runs scored, acting as a perfect compliment to Arrieta’s awesome pitching. Shortly thereafter, Anthony Rizzo would drive him in for the Cub’s first run of 2016. The Cubs consistently tacked on runs throughout the game, scoring in the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 9th innings, respectively.
The icing on the cake would come in the form of a 3-run double off the bat of Matt Szczur which plated 3, extending the Cubs lead to 9-0 in the 9th.
Some other notes:
Miguel Montero (or MANtero, as my editor likes to call him) became the first Cub to go yard in 2016 with a 7th inning blast that brought around Soler to score.
Kris Bryant was unable to record a hit, but contributed with a walk, 2 runs scored, and an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
Kyle Schwarber struggled, striking out twice, and going 0-4 on the night. He wasn’t the only victim of the nasty slider Richard’s was offering, as he would K 7 in 5IP.
Up next for the Cubs: Same time, same place, same team. (10pm, @LAA)