The Chicago Cubs used home runs from Kris Bryant and Albert Almora into a strong Wrigley wind to beat the Miami Marlins, 3-1 on Monday night.
The Chicago Cubs took a look at the stiff wind blowing in off the lake and said: “eh, no problem.” Kris Bryant crushed a two-run shot into the seats in the first as that’s all the Cubs would need as they downed the Miami Marlins, 3-1. Eddie Butler pitched a strong 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win.
With the wind blowing in, it didn’t look promising for the Cubs (28-27) to use the long ball to their advantage. But that’s what they did as Bryant hit a no-doubter in the first inning off of Marlins (24-31) starter and former Cub Dan Straily (4-4, 3.59). It was Bryant’s third home run off Straily in his career.
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Butler (3-1, 3.75) was cruising right along, allowing just three hits. A leadoff double by J.T. Riddle in the sixth inning was manufactured into a sac fly RBI for Dee Gordon off of Mike Montogomery for the Marlins only run of the night.
Just to be safe, Albert Almora added a solo shot in the fourth inning to give the Cubs the 3-0 lead in a very quick paced game. Montgomery worked the last 3 1/3 innings to pick up the save.
Pitching for a spot?
Butler needs to continue to pitch well, especially with Brian Anderson beginning his rehab work soon. His effort tonight took a big step towards that as he threw just 65 pitches in his 5 2/3 innings of work. He showed complete control of the strike zone as he struck out four while walking just one.