Series Review: Cubs V Tigers
The Cubs played a three game series against the Detroit Tigers August 24th-26th. They played in Detroit, at Comerica Park. The lost the series, 2-1, winning the first game.
Because of the struggles, we missed out on bingo. Better luck next time.
Cubs Win 9-3
The Cubs won their 11,000th overall game, behind a solid team performance. The bats were the big story, led by Javy Baez's two home runs. David Bote had 4 RBIs with a couple of clutch hits. Rizzo and Hoerner chipped in with some RBI hits as well.
Alec Mills was solid, scattering 8 hits to allow 3 runs in 7 innings. Tepera and Rea each threw scoreless innings to hold down the big lead.
Cubs Lose 7-1
Tyler Chatwood made his first start after an IL stint with a bad back. Unfortunately, he was not back. He allowed 8 baserunners in 1.1 innings of work: 3 hits and a shudder worthy 5 walks. It took 55 pitches and was painful. Somehow he escaped with only 2 ERs. Jose Quintana came in for his first appearance of the year, throwing 3 innings and allowing 3 ER. Casey Sadler allowed a grand slam with a couple of Q's baserunners. Not a good day for the staff.
The bats were shut down yet again, with just four hits. The only real positive was Willson Contreras hitting a solo home run in the 9th. No shutouts here.
Cubs lose 7-6
Jon lester rebounded nicely enough, with a 5 inning 1 ER outing. He was far from unhittable, but limited the damage with 8 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Cubs had Bullpen issues again. This time it was Rowan Wick and Ryan Tepera giving up a combined 5 runs in 1 inning of work. Kimbrel came on for the 9th, striking out 2 and walking 1.
Offensively, the Cubs scored 6 off 15 baserunners. Schwarber hit his 6th home run. Rizzo, Baez, Almora, and Hoerner also had RBIs.
The sparklepants arrived to AssMatt in Texas. He battled a hurricane and wore then to a 1-2 record. Pronk wore them to a 16-3 record, so Matt is due to make the Cubs go 15-1.
Cubs are now 18-12, 3 games up on the St. Louis Cardinals.