The Chicago Cubs gave us a lot to root for in the 10-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon.
Cubs starter José Quintana set the tone early with a 1-2-3 first. He got leadoff man Marcus Semien to pop out to second, followed by strikeouts from Matt Chapman and Matt Olson.
Homer Bailey had a quick first as well, with ground outs from Jason Heyward and Nick Castellanos and a pop out to first from Kris Bryant.
The A's scored first in the fourth inning. Semien led off with a double, and Olson brought him home on a sacrifice fly to put them ahead 1-0.
The Cubs responded with force in the bottom of the inning. Bryant singled with one out and Anthony Rizzo was then hit by a pitch. Javier Báez singled to score Bryant. Kyle Schwarber walked to load the bases, and Ian Happ launched a grand slam to left center to put the Cubs in the lead by 5-1.
Castellanos hit his 43rd double of the season in the fifth inning and Rizzo singled before the A's put Lou Trivino in to pitch in relief of Bailey. Báez singled and Schwarber joined the home run part with a three-run shot of his own. The inning ended with the Cubs now winning 9-1.
Ryan Buchter pitched for the A's in the sixth and got a strikeout from Quintana, a ground out from Heyward, and a strikeout from Castellanos.
David Bote entered the game in right field in the top of the eighth and Albert Almora Jr came in to play center. Heyward moved from center to right field. David Phelps took to the mound in relief of Quintana, who went seven innings with two hits, one run (earned), no walks, and seven strikeouts. Phelps quickly set down the A's with ground outs from Stephen Piscotty and Jurickson Profar and a fly out from Dustin Garneau.
Not content to stay in the single digits, Victor Caratini added one more run for the Cubs in the eighth with a solo homer to center field, his sixth of the season. The home team now led 10-1.
Pedro Strop closed it out for the Cubs. Pinch-hitter Nick Martini lined out to second for the first out. Semien then singled, and pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann flew out to left. Olson was hit by a pitch, but the game ended on a swinging strikeout from Mark Canha.