The Cubs have now won 6 in a row after a 4-1 victory over the Pirates today.
Jon Lester was exactly what the Cubs needed today. He saved the tired pen and went 7 innings, scattering 9 hits, giving up one run (a solo HR), with a walk and 7 K’s.
Phil Coke and Jason Motte came in and pitched out of the Schlitter jam. It was a very big inning from these two and kept the game a 4-1 at the time.
The top of the order got things going again today; Dexter Fowler was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk.
Kris Bryant didn’t make an out today, going 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks.
Anthony Rizzo is so locked in right now that it’s surprising when he makes an out. He went 2 for 3 today with an RBI (sac fly) and his 8th SB.
Starlin Castro came up twice with a man on 3rd and 1 out and came through both times, once with a sac fly that was one more biscuit away from going out and the other was on a FC grounder to 3rd.
Jorge Soler is getting hot and he had another nice day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with 2 singles to RF and a HBP
Travis Wood the closer? Nah, but he closed out the victory today with a perfect 9th inning to save the pen.
Brian Schlitter is back and he is up to his old tricks. He gave up a single and a double without retiring anyone before being replaced by Phil Coke. I know the Cubs needed a fresh arm but at this point I don’t know if Schlitter should be that guy.
The Cubs will go for the sweep tomorroq when they finish their series with the the Pirates tomorrow afternoon. Game starts at 1:20 PM (CST), Jake Arrieta (4-3, 3.00) will look to build on his outstanding start last time out for the Cubs against AJ Burnett (2-1, 1.60) for the Pirates and the game will be shown on WGN and the MLB Network.