Well it looks like the Cubbies are back, for the moment at least. After stinking it up from Milwaukee to San Fran, and then losing on a walk-off homer last night, the boys in blue came back strong with an 12 run output which was backed up by a phenomenal performance form Jason Hammel.
Hammel went 7 and 1/3 allowing ony 4 hits and 1 run. It was his longest start in quite some time, and it was an efficient one. Hammel threw 103 pitches on the night, and despite only recording 4 Ks was able to work through the Cardinals’ lineup with ease throughout the evening.
As for the offense, the Cubs struck early with a 6 run 1st inning. Kris Bryant got it started with an RBI single to drive in lead-off man Dexter Fowler. Next, Jorge Soler walked with the bases loaded to push across Bryant. Then, with the bases still juiced, David Ross ripped a double to score Soler and Zobrist. Finally, Jason Hammel put a cherry on top with a 2 run double to score Addison Russell and David Ross as the Cubs batted around in to start the ballgame.
Things would get pretty quiet for a while after that until the Cubs decided to tack on a few more in the late innings. In the 5th, Jorge Soler came through with a massive2 run homer to straight away center. Soler had a fantastic game — easily his best of the year. Hip-hip Jorge went 2-3 with 2 walks, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, and — get this — no strikeouts. Congrats Jorge, well done.
The last barrage of runs for the Cubs would come in the 9th. Tim Federowicz started things with an RBI single. Matt Szczur added his mark with a 2 run triple, and Dexter came through with one last single to drive in our boy Julius (Matt) Szczur.
St. Louis was able to plate a couple late in the game, but who cares? Cubs win, cubs win.