Cubs power past Tigers in win
It was all smiles for the boys in blue after the Chicago Cubs managed to bounce back from a shutout loss, defeating the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in the series finale.
Detroit’s pitching staff struggled today, allowing Chicago to plate six runs in the top half of the seventh inning behind a three-run moonshot off the bat of catcher Miguel Montero to right field.
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The Cubs stormed out of the gate to begin the game, grabbing the 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Addison Russell in the second. Chris Coghlan recorded his eighth home run in the very next inning, drilling the teams first three-run blast to right-center field off Tigers’ starter Shane Greene, extending the deficit to 4-0.
Greene (4-6, 5.82 ERA) was heavily outmatched today, exiting after just three innings. He managed to give up five earned runs on seven hits including the big fly to Coghlan while issuing one walk and recording three strikeouts.
Jake Arrieta, on the other hand, worked five scoreless innings before giving up the home run to Cespedes during the home half of the sixth.
In six complete frames, Arrieta (6-4, 3.16 ERA) held Detroit to just three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and eight strikeouts prior to handing things over to Justin Grimm and the bullpen.
The 29-year-old righty found himself in a bit of a trouble with the bases-loaded in the fifth inning, giving up back-to-back-to-back singles to fill the bases up with Tigers and only one away.
James McCann had the opportunity to at least drive in two but flied out to Chris Denorfia in right field for the second out of the inning. Arrieta was able to escape danger by getting Jose Iglesias to strikeout looking on an 83 miles per hour change-up.
Chicago will find themselves back at the Friendly Confines tomorrow evening to begin a four-game set with the Cincinnati Reds.