It was a fantastic home stand, but the Chicago Cubs witnessed their six-game win streak come to an end at the hands of A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates, losing 3-0 at Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon.
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This team looked completely different compared to their failed road trip against both the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers two weeks ago, sweeping the New York Mets then two-of-three from the Bucs this past weekend. Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant exited yesterday’s game due to hydration while managing to record a single prior to being pulled.
Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant exited yesterday’s game due to hydration while managing to record a single prior to being pulled.
Bryant’s bat his exploded during that four-game set, launching a home run into the left-field bleachers on the same night that they opened. Not only did Chicago win six in a row, but they were able to pick up ground behind the first-place Cardinals, trailing them by only four games entering today.
This young team will have themselves an off-day but will begin a West Coast road trip that will feature three games in San Diego and another three in Arizona. San Diego gave the Cubs some problems early on in the year and have struggled at home this season, sitting with a 10-10 record while hosting.
Following the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, the Orioles were able to handle their business with the Los Angeles Angels in town, shutting them out 3-0 behind a fantastic start behind Mike Wright. Wright worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings and received some run support from outfielder Adam Jones who finished the day 2-for-4 and two RBI.
Jones added some insurance runs, extending the O’s lead to 3-0 on a two-run double to center fielder Mike Trout. Both Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes reached base safely on back-to-back singles off Garrett Richards and Mike Morin before Jones stepped up into the batters box.
Later on that evening, Jones attended WWE’s PayBack pay-per-view in Baltimore where he was later called out by WWE Tag Team Champions’ The New Day during a segment before their match. Jones – who was sitting behind JBL, Michael Cole, and Booker-T – stood up holding a WWE World Heavyweight Championship replica while fans in attendance gave him a standing ovation.
After dropping the first two games of a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers, the Cardinals were able to salvage the final game of the series, avoiding the sweep. Miguel Cabrera drove in a run on a double in the top of the first inning, but that would be all the run support they would receive from this lineup.
Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn worked 7 1/3 innings, holding Detroit to just one earned run and even helping himself out with by tying things up in the bottom of the third inning on a RBI single to right field. Second baseman Kolton Wong later launched a go-ahead solo bomb to right-center field in the bottom of the sixth inning, and that would be all St. Louis needed to win Sunday evening.
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