The Cubs came into Wednesday's game looking for their first sweep of the young season. Chicago barely broke a sweat, winning easily thanks to another excellent pitching performance and some timely two-out hitting.
Both teams went quietly in the 1st inning, before the Cubs struck in the 2nd. Willson Contreras doubled with two down and came around to score on another clutch single from Daniel Descalso.
The North Siders broke the game wide open in the top of the 3rd inning. Kris Bryant singled with one out and moved to second on an Anthony Rizzo grounder. Javy Báez slashed a single to right scoring Bryant and moving to second on the throw. He then scored on a Jason Heyward single to make it 3-0.
After Contreras walked, Descalso delivered yet again with two down. He ripped a double over the head of a discombobulated Austin Dean in left. Both runners scored before Dirty Dan got gunned out trying to advance to third base.
A 5-0 lead was plenty for Cole Hamels who dominated the pitiful Marlins lineup. He allowed only one hit the first six innings. That single was immediately erased by a double play the next batter. Colbert struck out a total of eight, while walking none in seven innings.
The only stress for the Chicago lefty came in the bottom of 7th. Martin Prado singled for Miami's second hit of the night. Brian Anderson hit a grounder to third, Bryant tried to rush for a high-difficulty double play and booted it for an error. Jorge Alfaro singled to left to load the bases with one down.
Hamels buckled down coming back from a 3-0 count to strike out Starlin Castro on what would have been ball four, I know shocking right? Miguel Rojas then lined out hard to Ben Zobrist in right to end the threat.
Báez then padded the lead, hitting an opposite field laser to right field for a solo-homer. Brad Brach and Alan Webster closed out the final two innings in the easy 6-0 Cubs win.
Javy, Javy, Javy
Báez's single was his 500 career hit in just 544 total games in the big leagues. For the second game in a row his beautiful opposite-field power stroke was on full display. Combine that with his tremendous pull-power and Javy becomes even more frightening to opposing pitchers.
Handle Your Business
The Marlins are bad. I mean really bad. I'm talking designed to earn a number one pick bad. That being said, what the Cubs did was really impressive. Their slow start took away some of their margin for error in 2019, they needed to take advantage here. Sweeps are hard no matter who you are playing, so kudos to them for staying focused and taking care of business. Oh and 23 straight scoreless innings is impressive even against a AAA lineup.
A 6-1 record after a 2-7 start?
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