The Cubs traveled to Minneapolis for a quick two-game set with the Twins starting Tuesday. Chicago relied on their bullpen, in a throwback to the first half of the season, to take a narrow victory.
The Cubs bullpen made that advantage stand up by going almost five innings allowing no runs. The defense turned four double plays to help secure the win. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
Minnesota had the bases loaded with one out and Morgan on the mound in the bottom of the 8th inning. Max Kepler hit a high pop-up behind first base that Matt Duffy made a running backhand catch on. Duffy then wheeled and fired towards the plate where he nailed Luis Arraez trying to score for an inning-ending double play.
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Stats That Matter
- Davies got the quick hook again after the second time through the order: 4.1 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 K, and 0 BB.
- Happ hit just his third home run from the right side of the plate this season.
- Duffy also had a hit and a walk at the dish, in addition to his terrific defensive play.
Duffy continues to show that he could be a valuable bench piece in 2022. Other than that, it was good to see young pitchers like Wick and Rodriquez pitch well.
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