That makes 10 of the last 11 and 4 in a row. We’re talkin’ dubs baby. After shutting out Arizona yesterday on the wings of a strong 9 strikeout performance by John Lackey, and some solid work out of the bullpen, Jason Hammel was the rock for the Cubs in this one. Hammel allowed just one hit over 7 innings. And though he did surrender two runs, those both came on the lone hit — a two-run homer to right off the bat of Jake Lamb. Paul Goldschmidt would score as a result after being walked earlier in the inning.
On the offensive side, Chicago was only able to produce one run over the first three frames — coming on a Dexter Fowler solo blast, but quickly took control after a three-run fourth. After Jorge Soler ripped a two-run double to give the Cubs the lead, Jason Hammel cashed in on RBI single, giving himself some extra cushion in the process.
The extra run would in fact prove critical when Pedro Strop served up a solo shot in the 8th.
But then, in the home half of the 8th, Anthony Rizzo popped his 13th of the year to make it 5-3.
And that, would be that.