It was doom and gloom for Cubs fans not too many hours ago. The Cubbies had dropped 2 of 3 to the Brew Crew, and had not played up to their lofty standards in over a week coming into last night’s game against the red hot San Francisco Giants.
But all of the changed thanks to another strong performance from ace Jake Arrieta, and an offensive explosion in the 2nd inning which would net the Cubs 5 runs, and a few more for good measure in the 8th and 9th.
Let’s start with Jake the snake. Our boy did what he does. 7 innings pitched, 8 strikeouts with only 1 run allowed on 4 hits. Jake moves to 8-0, and continues to look like the best pitcher in baseball (just ask Chris Sale, he’ll tell ya). But seriously, that’s probably enough said.
As for the offense, it all started with a 5 run 2nd, fueled by RBI singles from (wait for it) Jake Arrieta, and then Tommy La Stella (who entered the game in the 1st to play 3rd base after Kris Bryant was forced to move out to right field following an injury to Jason Heyward). The inning was capped off with a 3 run homer off the bat of Kris Bryant, his 8th of the year.
Bryant would remain hot the rest of the ballgame, driving in 4 on the night to go along with 2 hits.
Later still, the Cubs would really break it open as Ben Zobrist and Jorge Soler both went deep in the 8th. This was a good night for Soler who has been atrocious so far this year. He had 2 hits, crossed home twice, and played well in out in left. Hell, Joe Maddon even had some praise for Soler’s baserunning.
Here are the highlights courtesy of MLB.com:
All in all, this game looked like exactly what Cubs fans were hoping for. The Cubs appeared resurgent in this dominant victory over a San Fran team that had taken its last 8 games entering last night. Let’s keep on rolling.