The Chicago Cubs took a series-opening win from the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a game that can only be described as “sloppy,” the Cubs survived three errors and went on to win 6-1.
The Chicago Cubs‘ Kris Bryant seems a little bit disappointed about not making the All-Star Game. Okay, maybe not. But if this is what he’s going to do from here? The fans will wish they had voted him in. Bryant just missed hitting for the cycle, hitting a second home run instead of a double in his final chance for it. But the Cubs will take it as it helped lift them to a 6-1 win over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber got his first hit since returning to the Cubs, roping a double down the right field line, as well as taking a walk.
Theo Epstein doesn’t expect the Cubs to make a big splash at the deadline, as he thinks the players to get this back on track are already in the clubhouse. The team is relatively still intact from last season, and the hope is that things will start to ‘click’ for the Cubs soon. It’s not impossible to believe that this team will figure it out and start playing better baseball. “Terrible” baseball was .500 baseball. So that’s something to build off.
When the Cubs signed Jon Jay, they knew they were getting a quality outfielder and hitter that could fill in from time to time. Little did they know how valuable he would be. Jay has answered every call, from the leadoff spot to pinch-hitting. And this wasn’t a player they went out and signed for big money. The role players like Jay can be as important as the big guys; Jay is showing that.
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