Sometimes, the little things are all that count. Jason Heyward came up with a big swing and Brandon Morrow got the save to lead to Chicago Cubs to a possible sweep.
Admit it. You had to be a little scared. Brandon Morrow hadn’t pitched for the Chicago Cubs in almost a week, and you know you hadn’t seen anytime like the present. Meaning Morrow hadn’t been out to pitch like he should. But in the end, Morrow finished off the game as he should. Baby steps, but he got it done.
Dexter Fowler had a trip around the bases, to say the least. As he was circling around the way, he decided to break for third base. The throw went to second, and then on to third to get Fowler. It was what they needed to slow the Cardinals down.
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The Cubs needed something to have some confidence in, and they did. Ian Happ lead off the seventh with a line drive double to right field to score Anthony Rizzo. Jason Heyward took a first-pitch fastball to right field to put the Cubs up 6-3 where, where they would stay.
"“Love it,” “Listen, that is my No. 1 priority offensively. Homers will come. Pitchers throw homers. When hitters try to hit homers on all the pitches thrown to them, the results are normally bad. Let pitchers throw you home runs. Be in position to hit the ball hard with two strikes. Understand they’re not giving you that pitch to drive out of the ballpark. Why not adapt? That’s where the action will come back into the game, that’s where you’ll get more movement, that’s where you’ll get the entertainment you’re looking for.”"
The Cubs will go for the sweep this afternoon. Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.09) has given up two runs or fewer in three straight starts since June 2017.
Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.96) is somewhat quietly getting it done. He’s second among starters in ERA (2.96), third in strikeout rate (9.46) and third in fWAR (0.8).