The Cubs continued their hot play against the Rays in Tampa Tuesday night. An outstanding pitching effort got just enough offensive support to pull out a big win. (Box Score)
Why The Cubs Won
Mike Montgomery was excellent tonight, throwing six innings of one-run, one-hit baseball. Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr., and Wade Davis threw three perfect innings of relief.
In the 2nd inning, Kyle Schwarber smashed a home run off a 3-2 Chris Archer fastball that landed in the bleachers in right field. The homer had an exit velocity of 114 MPH, went 446 feet, and put the Cubs ahead 1-0.
Jason Heyward singled to begin the top of the 5th inning, but was out at second on an Addison Russell fielder’s choice. Javy Baez followed, lining a double down the left field line to score Russell and put Chicago up 2-0.
Stats That Matter
- Mike Montgomery looked very good in what is likely his final start of the season: 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 6 K, and 0 BB. Brad Miller’s solo homer was his only blemish on the night.
- Javy Baez singled and doubled home the winning run. He seems to be no worse for wear after jamming his thumb against the Cardinals.
- It was nice to see Kyle Schwarber go deep again. Despite early season struggles a 30-homer season is well within reach for War Bear.
The Cubs won a big game and reduced their magic number to win the NL Central to 9 games. The bullpen looked very crisp in their three innings of work.
The Brewers again beat the hitless wonders…I mean the Pirates, so they stay 3 1/2 games back of first place.
The Northsiders look for the mini-sweep Wednesday at 6:05 CT. Jon Lester duels with fellow lefty Blake Snell, television coverage is provided by WGN.