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Cubs Week Review

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Cubs Week Review – Cubs Lose 2 Straight Series

The second half for the Chicago Cubs (58-52) have helped put them into first place in the NL Central and helped ease the stress of that first half. Tuesday, the Cubs began the homestand with a show for the city of the Chicago as they put up sixteen runs to demolish the D’Backs. The rest of the week didn’t go as well. The Cubs lose 4 of 6 by the end of the week but maintain the NL Central lead.

D’Backs Series Recap

Monday night the Cubbies started things off early and never turned back. They scored in five innings to give Jon Lester a cushion to pitch with. Every starter had a hit, including Jon Lester. Patrick Corbin only made it through 3 innings after giving 10 hits and 8 runs (7 ER). Lester’s first career home run likely sealed his exiting from the game. Next T.J. McFarland came in, he cruised through the fourth and the fifth innings before being tacked with a handful of runs as well. Four Cubs hit home runs off Diamondback pitching (Happ, Rizzo, Lester, Baez). Cubs 16, Diamondbacks 4. Final.

Tuesday and Wednesday, the Diamondbacks answered back with back-to-back wins.

The Cubs went from scoring 16 runs Tuesday to zero the very next game. Zach Godley edged out Jake Arrieta’s quality start which lowered his ERA under 4 for the first time since late April. Jake Lamb’s sixth and eighth inning RBI-doubles were good enough to steal the win. Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 0. Final.

Thursday, a pitching duel on paper looked to take place as Jose Quintana was up against Zack Greinke. It didn’t turn out that way as they both gave up 6 runs apiece. Willson Contreras added three hits which included two home runs and 6 runs batted in. At the end of the day, it was a Paul Goldschmidt game because of his offensive splash. Goldschmidt went 3 for 4 with 3 home runs, 4 runs, and 6 runs batted in. Wade Davis takes the loss in his worst game of the season. Davis allowed 2 runs on four hits. Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 8. Final.

The Cubs lose the series 2 games to 1.

Nationals Series Recap

The Nationals flew into Chicago looking to bounce back and take the series from the Cubbies after losing back-to-back straight series.

Game 1, Tanner Roark was up against Kyle Hendricks for the day game. Hendricks despite pitching well lost his second straight game after giving up 2 runs both were solo home runs from Danel Murphy. Javier Baez hit his 15th home run of the season. Nationals 4, Cubs 2. Final.

Wrigley welcomed back former Cub Edwin Jackson and did that by putting up four runs in the first before he could settle down. John Lackey managed to earn his ninth win this season after going five innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) and six hits with 3 strikeouts. Newly-acquired Alex Avila hit his first Cubs home run. Wade Davis remains perfect after converting his 23rd straight save. Cubs 7, Nationals 4. Final.

Sunday, Shameless William H. Macy tossed the first pitch at Wrigley Field. Cubs fans weren’t feeling shameless after this outing though. Jon Lester went 6 2/3 inning giving up 3 runs with seven runs which should have bested Erick Fedde’s performance. Sadly, the bullpen couldn’t hold it together. Mike Montgomery, Carl Edwards, and Koji Uehara combined to give up 6 runs in under 3 innings to end the homestand. Contreras continued to stay hot as he hit two home runs. Nationals 9, Cubs 4. Final.

The Cubs lose the series 2 games to 1.

Who’s Hot, Who Not?

Willson Contreras has been the fire starter in this newly revived lineup over the five weeks. Willson Contreras is batting .455/.478/1.182 which included 10 hits, 1 double, 5 home runs, and 13 runs batted in this month.

Carl Edwards’ spent the week giving up more runs than he would have wanted. He appeared in 3 games so far in May but has only last 1 2/3 innings.

What’s Next

After a rough week in Chicago, the Cubs head out west to California and Arizona for a 6 game road trip. The Cubs are 3-1 against the San Francisco Giants while outscoring them by six runs. Despite being 1-2, the Cubs are also outscoring the Diamondbacks, this time by seven.

Cubs are now 15-6 and have outscored their opponents by forty-four runs since the All-Star Break.

The Cubs lose two straight series at home to the Diamondbacks and Nationals. Despite that, Cubs are in first and Willson Contreras is playing well.