The Chicago Cubs continued their series with the San Francisco Giants Tuesday evening, and Cubs power was on display in the box and on the mound.
Coming off arguably his finest start of 2017 last Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds, Lester was able to follow that up with a gem Tuesday night. He threw his first complete game of the season, allowing one run on four hits. Jon struck out 10.
Lester’s last complete game was Sept. 2, also against the Giants.
Returning to the lineup was Kyle Schwarber who launched his seventh of the season in the bottom of the first. Also, the sensational rookie, Ian Happ returned to the starting lineup (.357, two home runs, five RBI). He tripled off the bench in the eighth inning of Monday’s game, helping spark Chicago’s 4-run 8th inning.
Offensive surge Happ-ening
Entering Tuesday the Cubs’ offense has been heating up of late.
Since the start of the homestand May 16, Chicago came into Tuesday’s action hitting .302 as a team, second best in the majors, with 45 runs scored, also good for second best in MLB. The North Siders had also walked 24 times, (fifth-best), and came in one off the mark for fewest strikeouts (39) during the span.
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Ben Zobrist was back as the lead-off man for the third consecutive game, and since taking over the top spot had gone 3-9 with one 3B, HR, and two RBI. He was 1-4 Tuesday. Happ was held hitless.
Then in the fourth inning, Anthony Rizzo smacked his ninth of the season, a two-run shot.
With the 4-1 Cubs victory, they are 5-2 on their current homestand which concludes Thursday. As mentioned above, the offense has been heating up, and it looks like the Cubs of old might be back.
Chicago will continue the third game of a 4-game series versus San Francisco Wednesday night from Wrigley Field.