On Monday, Cubs were happy after they beat Mariner 5-1 at Wrigley Field. Cub’s offense busted funs this season, only to go down for three games in NL central. And now, on this beautiful night, manager Joe Maddon was nervous when Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber key hit in the five-run seventh inning.
When Maddon was asked whether Cubs showed any plate discipline, he replied that it was the one they had to improve. Walks drawn by Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant were equally important as Rizzo’s single on a 2-2- pitch off reliever Taylor Guilbeau. He evened the game and ended Cubs 24 scoreless streak.
Before Rizzo single, Cubs were 0-for-8 with runners in position. Schwarber’s grounder flies high of the first-base bag and into right field for a base clearing triple, he gave Cubs the edge they needed. Schwarber hoped that his grounder would score at least one run.
Schwarber said that contact was necessary and that with Cubs anything could happen. In the last few weeks, Cubs scored 11 runs in a victory over Brewers. Then they scored three and losing two to Cardinals, and got eliminated from the first place.
Cubs also had straight runs over Athletics and Reds in August 7th and 8th but scored three in the next two games in which they lost to Reds. In August 21stthey scored 12 runs in comeback to win over Giants. In the next three games, they scored six runs and later lost several games in a row.
Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings of three-hit ball. He had a 1.77 ERA. Rizzo twice was hit by a pitch by rookie Justus Sheffield and got a record as the franchise player hit by 139 pitch. Maddon was happy with that, and he said that he sees no one else breaking the record.
Frank Chance initially held the record with 137 hits.
Rizzo joked that he gets 138 hits more times and play for a lot longer.
Ben Zobrist is expected in the next game on Tuesday and Cubs offense could be much better.