The Chicago Cubs notched their 11th win in a row behind a five home run barrage, led by Matt Szczur with two. The Cubs lead has now increased to 14 games.
There’s blood in the water and the Chicago Cubs know it. With 13 runs and five home runs to support him, Jake Arrieta‘s 5 2/3 innings weren’t a concern for the Cubs. Matt Szczur led the way with two homers and a double, while Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Willson Contreras also went deep for the Cubs. They chased Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright after just two innings of work, touching him up for seven runs on just six hits.
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For Szczur, I wouldn’t call it a coming out party, but more of a reminder. Szczur has been a key contributor this season, especially as a pinch-hitter. When he’s gotten the chance for the occasional start he’s been making the most of it. Not bad for a guy who seemed to be the one shuttled back and forth constantly before finally “Szczing” the opportunity. I couldn’t help myself, I avoided the puns as long as I could.
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