Chicago Cubs News: Cubs even series with Sox; Bryant ejected

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Joe Maddon (L) of the Chicago Cubs argues with umpire Lance Barksdale
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Joe Maddon (L) of the Chicago Cubs argues with umpire Lance Barksdale /

The Chicago Cubs struck out 17 times against the Chicago White Sox but still managed to put up seven runs as they evened the series at one game apiece. A terrible strike zone called by the home plate umpire lead to Kris Bryant being ejected.

The Chicago Cubs had a little bit of everything on Tuesday. Home runs, strikeouts (a lot of them), and even a Kris Bryant ejection. The Cubs won the contest 7-2, as a Willson Contreras three-run home run was the highlight of the game–minus John Lackey hitting some batters and Bryant being tossed in the fourth for arguing balls and strikes.

Every starter for the Cubs struck out at least one, with Javier Baez having the roughest day. Baez struck out five times on the afternoon. In his defense, the umpires strike zone was at best lousy. But Baez was going to swing regardless. Bryant took a pitch that appeared to be about eight inches off the inside of the plate as was rung up. It wasn’t even close, but the Cubs got the win, so all is well.

Reports are that the Cubs are interested in the Marlins AJ Ramos to help shore up the bullpen. But they’re one of many teams being linked to the Marlins closer. Adding Ramos into the mix in front of Wade Davis would give the Cubs a strong backend of the bullpen. With just less than a week left before the deadline, a lot of names will get tossed around for the Cubs. We’ll just have to wait and see who might be the one that sticks.

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