Justin Steele put together an impressive outing on the mound, regularly keeping the Diamondbacks off balance with his arsenal of pitches. After allowing just one hit through three innings he ran into some trouble in the 4th inning. The Diamondbacks scored two runs on two hits, a walk, and a fielding error by Ildemaro Vargas.
The game was tied 2-2 until the 9th. Patrick Wisdom got another extra base hit — a double to deep left field — and Frank Schwindel drove him in after a great at-bat to give the Cubs the lead. Rowan Wick got a ground ball double play to end the game. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
A strong start from Steele was just what the Cubs needed. This was his first quality start of the season, giving up just two runs on three hits.
Schwindel battled hard in his 9th inning at-bat and eventually slapped the ball into right field to give the Cubs the lead and the eventual win.
A blast and a bloop! pic.twitter.com/0HeJR7ahRS
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 15, 2022
Frank Schwindel bat flips with conviction. https://t.co/qPYoEO9CXF
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) May 15, 2022
Stats That Matter
- Steele: 6 IP, 2R, 1ER, 3H, 10K, 2BB
- Cubs Bullpen: 3 IP, 0R, 3H, 1K, 0BB
- Wisdom had a great day: 2-for-4, 2R, RBI, HR, 2B
The Cubs have won two series in a row on their West Coast swing and now head back to Chicago for a seven-game homestand. Pitching and timely hitting has been the recipe for this 4-2 road trip. If the Cubs can flip the switch at Wrigley they could be flirting with .500 soon. Stay tuned.
The Cubs take on the Pirates on Monday night at 6:40 pm CT. The pitcher of the Pirates has yet to be determined while the Cubs will go with Wade Miley. The game is available on Marquee Sports Network and 670 The Score.