Organizational Recap – Cubs overcome early deficit, get back to .500
Brett Anderson gave his worst outing of the year, Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer and the Cubs ended a four game losing streak in comeback fashion Tuesday night against the Brewers.
Montero drew his second consecutive start (which I found odd when the lineups were released) but proved Joe Maddon‘s decision to be warranted, racking up three hits, including the long fly.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 5-0 lead, tallying three scores in the first and two in the third inning. Travis Shaw provided two of those RBIs with doubles in his first two plate appearances, and Domingo Santana and Orlando Arcia provided the others.
Kyle Schwarber commenced Chicago’s successful comeback efforts with a homer in the home half of the third to make the score 5-2. Montero cut the deficit to two scores with his blast in the fourth inning, and a four-run sixth inning was all the Cubs needed to secure a victory.
Heyward, Almora continue to hit
Jason Heyward raised his batting average on the young season to a healthy .300 with two hits last night. Sure, it’s too small of a sample size and the expensive right fielder has still shown weaknesses at the plate, but there is no denying that this is an encouraging sign.
Albert Almora is on fire. The 23-year-old is 8-for-19 this season in addition to playing tremendous defense. As it has been discussed after his dazzling performance in spring training and into the first week of the regular season, it will be a challenge for Maddon to keep this guy out of the lineup.
What’s wrong with Zobrist?
Ben Zobrist has borderline looked uncomfortable at the plate so far this season. This is alarming for a typically savvy middle-of-the-order bat that thrives on working deep counts and punching timely base hits. Hitting just .191 through the team’s first 14 games, Zobrist must start hitting–or it will make Maddon’s daily lineup decisions with his bolstered clubhouse that much easier.
Hat tip to the bullpen
After being dragged through the mud during this tough stretch, the bullpen came out and tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run. Chicago starter Brett Anderson defecated the bed last night but was saved by the formula of Brian Duensing (1 1/3 innings, one run), Justin Grimm (1 inning, 0 runs), Carl Edwards Jr. (1 inning, 0 runs), Hector Rondon (1 inning, 0 runs) and Wade Davis (1 inning, 0 runs).
Side note: it appears to me that Rondon is the clear leader in the clubhouse for the 8th inning setup role. Thoughts?
AAA – Iowa Cubs 0 vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes 8
The I-Cubs only mustered four total hits so the only thing I’d like to point out from this game is that the New Orleans’ mascot is in fact, a Baby Cake.
AA – Tennessee Smokies vs. Birmingham Barons
Rained out. What a start to the minor league recap…
A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6 @ Buies Creek Astros 0
SP – Justin Steele – 5.1 innings, 0 ER, 5 K’s
RF –Eddy Martinez – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBIs
Boom. Steele lowers his ERA to 0.63 in 14.1 innings for the Pelicans.
A – South Bend Cubs 9 @ Great Lakes Loons 6
2B – Yeiler Peguero – 3 for 5, HR, 3 RBIs
RP – Dakota Mekkes — 1.1 innings, 0 ER
Mekkes has yet to allow an earned run through nine relief innings for South Bend.