The Chicago Cubs needed something to make their homestand go right. They might just have found it in the Miami Marlins. The Cubs pounded out 14 runs on 15 hits as they defeated them, 14-2.
Finally. The Chicago Cubs got what they were looking for in the Miami Marlins. After splitting with them in the first week, and the way the Cubs were playing? There wasn’t a whole lot of good news going around with them. And then Kris Bryant came to the plate, and all was forgiven. Bryant slapped a two-run homer to left as he finished a triple shy of the cycle in the 14-2 victory.
After the Cubs went hard at their bullpen, Kyle Hendricks finally gave them some relief. Hendricks went eight innings allowing six hits and two runs while striking out three. It was a magnificent effort from Hendricks who went 7 2/3 in his last outing, followed by eight in this one. But it wasn’t for lack of offense as the Bryant and the boys came to the rescue.
Baez leaves the game
After Bryant’s homer, Javier Baez hit a three-run shot to centerfield to put the Cubs up 5-0. Later on, an errant throw from Bryant drew Baez off the bag. He got back to the bag to get Cameron Maybin, but he would then leave the game with groin tightness. In a route such as this, there was no need to push it.
From there, the rout was one. Ian Happ hit one of his two home runs, one from each side. He also made a nice play on a play into left. Maybin drove in Brian Anderson on a sharp line drive, but then he got greedy. Maybin went for two but was gunned down by Happ from left. Overall, it was a solid game from Happ. Two home runs, five RBI and an assist from left field. Good day.
The rest of the team did their part. Addison Russell doubled over the head of Anderson, scoring two. Tommy La Stella drove a ball into right field scoring Ben Zobrist. Finally, Willson Contreras got of his skid, singling to left field and scoring Bryant.
It was a good day to be a Cubs fan. But this doesn’t mean that they’re out of the woods yet. They play two more against the Marlins, then three against the Chicago White Sox. After that, four against the Braves and for against the Reds. This is their chance to pick it up and put some ground between them and the rest of the division.
The Cubs and Marlins will matchup again tonight at 7:05 p.m. CT. Jose Urena (0-5, 4.28) will get the Cubs, just as he did on Opening Day. The Cubs will have to decide on a starter as Yu Darvish was placed on the DL to illness.