Great Pitching and a Little Luck - Cubs 2, Giants 0

Talk about a pitcher's duel!

The Cubs took on the Giants for the second straight night in San Francisco and it was another tight game. Fortunately the result was different than last night as the Cubs shutout the Giants 2-0. This victory marked the first time in 11 games that the Cubs did not trail, and thus, did not have to play catch up.

Both starting pitchers were sharp -  Jose Quintana going six dominant and scoreless innings giving up only three hits. He also walked two men and struck out three. Derek Holland pitched well despite taking the loss. He went 6.1 innings giving up five hits, no walks, and struck out eight. Holland gave up one hit to Jason Heyward, one to Javier Baez, and two to David Bote, none of which resulted in runs. It wasn't until the 7th inning that his one-out double to Addison Russell would lead to him taking the loss.

With the game on the line, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to pull Holland and bring in Sam Dyson. That worked out well for the Cubs as  a wild pitch by Sam Dyson, and a throwing error by Nick Hundley brought Russell home, putting the Cubs up 1-0. Next up was Kyle Schwarber who walked, but was then thrown out stealing second with Ian Happ batting. Happ drew the walk to bring up Victor Caratini, who split the gap with a double,  bringing Happ FLYING around the bases and sliding into home safely. That put the Cubs up 2-0.

Carl Edwards Jr. entered the game for the Cubs in the 7th and pitched a beautiful inning in which he struck out the side. He faced Nick Hundley, Brandon Crawford, and Hunter Pence respectively and got them all to strike out swinging. It was just a great show by Edwards who just recently came off of the disabled list. His presence was definitely missed and it is so good to have him back.

That was fun! Quintana notched his 8th win of the season, and the Cubs notched their 52nd as a team. Since joining the Cubs last year in a trade during the All-Star Break, Quintana has gone 15-9. He is one of only four National League left-handers to have at least 14 wins since last years's All-Star Break. He joins teammate Jon Lester, Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, and Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals. That's really good company to be among, if you ask me!

It was a great effort all around for the Cubs. Jose Quintana had a quality start, while Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Wilson, and Steve Cishek combined for three hitless innings. The Cubs did their job to get on base and score twice. Let's not forget about the defense that turned two double plays to back Quintana. If all of that wasn't enough, luck was on the Cubs' side as their winning run scored on a wild pitch and an error.

The Cubs are hot right now as they have won 10 of their last 13. In their last 43 games dating back to May 25, the Cubs have gone 27-16 which is good for the second-best winning percentage in the National League behind the Dodgers. Despite some very frustrating stretches in this first half, the Cubs are on a better track this season than they were last year. Last year, the Cubs took a 43-45 record into the break, but this year they already have 52 wins, with four games to go until the break. The Cubs game only reached 50 wins prior to the break seven times, the most recent being 53 wins in 2016.

But wait, there's more good news! On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that our very own Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber would take part in the home run derby during the All-Star Break! I know we are all dying to see that.

 

 

The Cubs still have work to do before the break as they will send Mike Montgomery to the mound tomorrow for the rubber game. The Cubs have their work cut out for them as they will be facing Johnny Cueto, and the Giants have not lost a series at home in their last 11. It'll be a 2:45 CT start on NBC Sports Chicago. The Cubs end the night still two gamed behind the Brewers, but if we stick to our winning ways, we will be in first, where we belong very soon!

 

 

 

 

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  • Nice win. Quintana was sharp. They scored Russell from 2B tonight... albeit by throwing the ball around, ala the Cubs yesterday.

    Fowler hit a granny against the Sox tonight. Good for him.

  • Sad if Bote gets sent down. He has been in the middle of many of the 10 games won since KB went down.

  • I'm sorry both guys are in the home run derby. It puts too many batters off their game.

  • In reply to wastrel:

    I'm with you. I hate to see a team struggle while some of their best are struggling to get their stroke back.

  • In reply to wastrel:

    Yeah I'm worried Baez and Schwarber are going to start swinging out of their shoes in the 2nd half if they participate in the HR derby!

    There isn't much evidence that the HR Derby messes guys up. I'm glad there are 2 exciting Cubs in it this year. Now I have a reason to watch (I think the last one I watched was 2015 with Bryant and Rizzo).

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I don't worry about the derby doing anything to Schwarber, he has been very controlled in the batter's box this year. Javy on the other hand...he already swings out of his shoes half the time, so I worry that he will do it all of the time for a stretch. Then he'll dial it back to half of the time again!

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    They always swing for home runs. Don't see this doing anything to their swing after the all star break.

  • I would be curious if cub fans would be a little nervous if post season started today and we have to use bass, Wilson Edwards and Cishek to end a 2-0 game vs Atlanta, Arizona or Dodgers??? I would put my confidence rating at 4 out of 10.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    If those you mentioned, throw the ball like they did yesterday - my confidence level is much higher than yours.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I'd be nervous if we were in that AL playoff field. NL not so much I think we're a favorite in a series against any NL team

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Although if Bass is and Justin Wilson are one of our primary relievers come playoff time then I agree we have a problem but I don't think that will be the case thank goodness lol

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Not to say those guys haven't done well for us this year but the playoffs are a different animal when it comes to entrusting relief pitchers

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    If the Cubs are in the playoffs with a bullpen of Sutter, Fingers, Gossage, Rivera, and Hoffman in their prime, I’d still be nervous.

  • It will be interesting to see when they start to unleash Marrow. I trust they have a plan and assume they will have to work him up to that level during the regular season.

  • Huge win for the big club it's always difficult to get wins on these west coast trips and AT&T park is one of the more difficult places to get wins from my perspective in general. I also like to see this west coast trip start with some positive momentum and it would've been deflating to lose 2 tight games in a row in games where our starters were dealing. I thought Q was outstanding again and don't look now but the ERA has dipped below 4.00 and he's now 2nd on the team with 8 wins behind Lester. Thought it was a big time start for Q at a time when the team really needed it to establish some positive vibes this road trip plus we're facing the always dangerous Cueto this afternoon. Regardless of whether we win or lose this series it's great to see Hendricks and Q with gems here this series I feel really good about our position players this year but the lack or form shown by our starting pitchers in addition to Darvish's injury have gotten me somewhat concerned even though if you're asking me I think Q and Hendricks are going to have nice 2nd halves. Like waittilnextyear also indicated I also feel like we can use one more high leverage reliever Edwards and Morrow are a little fragile to entrust as your top 2 relievers and it would be ideal if we had an insurance policy if some of our relievers fatigue in the 2nd half as we've seen in the past with Montgomery, Strop, Rondon, and Edwards in recent seasons.

    On a side note nice play by addy on the basepaths in that 7th inning that's the type of impact baserunning play that I just haven't seen from his consistently and in general I like the way he's running the basepaths with a little more selective aggression this year. I've never been the biggest fan of him as a baserunner so nice to see him show improvement this year.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Living out here on the west coast seen the giants a few times. They can’t hit at least in the games I watched

  • You're right their offense has been a bit inconsistent this year but overall it's always a tough and low scoring series typically when we play in SF and it's not like they're a bad team they're still in contention and have a lot of good players like posey, belt, crawford, kung fu panda, longoria, mccutchen some of whom were a part of their WS teams. They've been hurt badly by injuries this year and are just finally starting to get healthy besides Joe Panic their 2B. In any event I never look forward to the cubs playing in SF and I think whether their offense has been inconsistent or not Q and Hendricks threw the ball exceptionally. I don't judge pitching performances solely on results but I think both of our starters this series had the great command that they've shown in the past and would've pitched well against many other teams besides SF especially Hendricks I don't think any team could've hit him with the way he had it going on Monday night. I get what you're implying though that we don't want to take too much away from one good start for Hendricks and Q and we still need more consistency from them moving forward this is a nice step in the right direction but it's only one game against an offense that hasn't been great this year besides posey, belt, gorkys hernandez and crawford

  • Cubs record in games started by Lester or Quintana: 27-9
    Cubs record in games not started by Lester or Quintana: 25-28

    Not sure what this means (I don't think it means anything), but it's interesting.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Don't think there's any question that those 2 have been our top 2 pitchers and it's funny for all the criticism Q gets he still has 8 wins and under a 4.00 ERA in an off year for him from a command perspective. Either way I think while he's not playing to his potential which can be frustrating for cub fans he's still doing a good job and winning games like you said. July has also been by far the best month of his career they said last night that he has the best record of active pitchers in the month of July so hopefully we see a nice month and 2nd half from him because we need guys to step it up more behind Lester and he's been the only guy providing any semblance of consistency besides Montgomery for a while but I'm worried Montgomery's a bit of a regression candidate although I think he can start.

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    In reply to Kramerica20:

    The cynic in me says that it means Lester has been really good. But that is just being cynical.

    It reminds me of a time Jordan had 55 points and Scott Williams had 2 points. Both are alums of UNC. William's comment after the game was that "The UNC guys had a pretty good night!."

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Cubs are 15-3 in Lester starts and 12-6 in Quintana starts.
    Runs per game:
    Lester - 6.4
    Quintana - 5.7
    Chatwood - 5.2
    Montgomery - 4.6
    Hendricks - 4.0
    Darvish - 3.9

  • Who got sent down????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Bote

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I’m gonna guess it will be Bote, however with the day off tomorrow and then 3 games in SD before the all star break, I do wonder if they’d send a relief pitcher down and go with a deeper bench. Of course Chatwood pitches on Friday (unless they skip him/kinda hope they do) so we will need a deep BP. But if they plan to skip him and go with Lester, Hendricks, and Q one more time before the break, then we should be fine with a 7-man relief squad. And then they can come back after the break at the top of the rotation again to face the Cardinals.

  • I've been looking, no news yet...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    It's funny how out of touch our posts can be if we haven't refreshed the page in just 5 to 10 minutes. I see Kramerica mentioned it's Bote after we both posted, only because the page doesn't self update with new posts. I did see on ESPN's Cubs page that it is Bote after I made my post.

  • Russell has quietly established himself as having a top SS year again, just a notch below Crawford, not sure there is a better all around SS in the NL.

    Baez and Caratini just missed hitting HR's.

    Big game to win, it puts a stamp of dominance the Cubs need to do to be the bopper in the NL going into the last 74 or so games. Cubs are 2 games behind the pace set in 2016.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    It's amazing we are only 2 games behind the 2016 pace, especially for how great they played then and how poorly they've played this year. Goes to show that this team has much more potential than what we've seen so far. Hopefully Rizzo gets right and Bryant is healthy and both start hitting like we know they should. This team is set up to be an absolute MONSTER in the 2nd half if that happens; even with our troubled back of our rotation.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    If the Cubs can have a solid 1-3 in their rotation I am fine with that. Few teams go into the playoffs with a great #4.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I agree... Hopefully what we just saw from Hendricks and Q isn't just a flash in the pan. If they hold up, I really like our team, but it would be great to still add to our pen.

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    In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Obviously things can always improve. My point is I don't want to acquire a better #4 just to have a better #4 pitcher.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Cubs have one of the best FO's in the game, they know what it will take to build depth. They have two key pitching injuries, Darvish and Duensing and are babying both Morrow and Edwards. What they do will be profound.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I think the ‘16 team sputtered right before the break, their only time doing so

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    2016

    Split W L RS RA W-L%
    June 16 12 140 99 .571
    July 12 14 114 119 .462

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    They did sputter. Lots of people pointed to Fowler being out. But the team just looked exhausted. They came out of the break hard and never looked back.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I disagree that a team loaded with players in the early 20's were exhausted.

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