By: Alex Patt
There was a lot of relief from Cubs fans Thursday evening when the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-5. It wrapped up a 2-6 road trip that saw the Cubs get swept by Cincinnati and split with the Dodgers. Their offense broke out in the late innings which included them scoring ten unanswered runs from the sixth to the eighth inning, including a seven-run seventh. All but one of the Cubs runs were scored off the Dodgers bullpen.
This was much needed in this rough patch of games. Getting swept by the Reds was a very tough pill to swallow, especially considering they blew a 6-1 lead in the final game. Cubs did get a win on Tuesday night behind Jon Lester and Javier Baez’s 4-5 night, other than that there was not much to talk about on the positive side. Getting outscored 31-13 by the Reds certainly was not something Cubs fans want to talk about again. In fact, in the two wins on the trip, the Cubs scored more runs in those games (20) than that entire four-game series! They scored six total runs combined in their two losses in the Dodgers series.
It will feel good for the Cubs to return home for a bit. They will take on the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and say hit to the Reds again all at home over the next week. There is good news and bad news going forward. Good is that Brandon Morrow is back and Carl Edwards Jr. is eyeing a return soon. Bad news is Yu Darvish is feeling pain again and his return may be pushed back further. Cubs are also hoping Kris Bryant will be ready when his DL stint is over.
Time for “Who is HOT” and “Who is NOT”
Javier Baez – .448, 2 HR, 11 RBI in last 8 games
Jason Heyward – .322 in last 8 games
Kyle Hendricks – 7.03 ERA, .280 against, .833 OPS against in June (5 starts)
Brian Duensing – 17.18 ERA, .400 against, .500 OBP against in June (9 games)