The Cubs belted 2 HR’s and Kyle Hendricks pitched a great game to help lead the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Brewers to extend their winning streak to 4 games.
Anthony Rizzo decided to flip the switch to his power stroke that had been mostly missing as of late. He hit his 4th HR in as many days, this one a huge 3-run bomb to right. He finished 2 for 4 with his 20th HR and he now has 60 RBI to go along with a .290 AVG.
Kyle Schwarber had a solo HR (his 4th) later in the game. He also had a single and a walk to reach base 3 times today. I really like him in that 2 spot in the lineup and if he and Fowler continue getting on the way they have, they will have many chances to score some runs.
Jorge Soler went 1 for 3 with a single and walk, but also made an amazing leaping catch in the 9th to rob Khris Davis of a 2-run HR off of Motte. He did kind of catch his foot/ankle on the fence, but luckily it didn’t appear that he was injured from the play. I have been a little critical of his defensive routes recently, but I will back off a little bit after this catch.
Kyle Hendricks had his good stuff working today and went 7 strong innings, giving up just 1 run (it was earned) on 4 hits (all singles) and 2 walks with 6 Ks. He also picked off Khris Davis at 1st base on his way to evening his record to 5-5 on the year with a 3.67 ERA.
Tommy Hunter made his Cubs debut after coming in to relieve Jason Motte, who gave up a leadoff double and the fly ball that Soler robbed of being a HR. Maddon made the smart call and pulled Motte for Hunter. Hunter allowed the inherited runner to score from 3rd on a groundout, then retired the final batter for a save in his debut.
I can’t complain much about this one, but it is getting a little troubling to see the way Jason Motte is getting banged around. He is giving up solid contact almost all of the time and, luckily, Maddon had a short leash on him. The hitters have really seemed to time him pretty well recently and they have been making loud contact consistently.
The Cubs will try to make it 5 in a row and a 4-game sweep of the Brewers tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 PM (CST) on ABC7. Clayton Richard (1-0, 5.40) will get the spot start against Kyle Lohse (5-12, 6.24) for the Brewers.