It was a surprise to some, but the Chicago Cubs finally sent Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa after a horrid start. Jason Heyward hit the DL as well as they called up Mark Zagunis. The result? The Cubs scored 11 against the Marlins in a win.
The Chicago Cubs were forced to make several moves on Thursday. Kyle Schwarber was sent down to Iowa–a move many felt was overdue. Jason Heyward headed to the DL as his blister on his hand heals. And the Cubs called up Mark Zagunis to make his debut. They were several moves that the Cubs needed to make and finally pulled the trigger.
For Schwarber, it’s an opportunity to get his head right after such a slow start. He has less than a season in the big leagues, and less than a season of at-bats in the minors. I think that’s something that people have forgotten with the young Schwarber. With the success he had early on, especially after missing almost the entire season last year? And then the performance in the World Series, the legend of Schwarber grew quickly. He’ll be back; I have no doubts about that.
The Cubs opened up this road trip with an offensive eruption, scoring 11 times to beat the Marlins, 11-1. The Cubs belted three home runs and had 16 hits in the effort. Jake Arrieta‘s performance might have been overlooked, but he was very efficient (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 K) in getting the win. Addison Russell and Ian Happ held down the four and five spots–and they did it well. The two were 8-for-10 with four RBI and a home run (Russell) as the Cubs opened up the series with a win.
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