Recap 7/15/17: Cubs 10, Orioles 3
Ultimately, clutch hitting from the Cubs lineup drove them to a 10-3 win in Baltimore, returning the Champs to .500 two games into the second half of the season. Jason Heyward went 2-4 with a base-clearing triple in the fifth inning. Anthony Rizzo added a home run and continues to be on pace for over 100 RBIs on the season. Notably, nine of the ten Cubs’ runs came with two outs, while they also went 5-8 with RISP. After last night’s bullpen collapse, Jake Arrieta, who is quietly having a pretty modest season, threw 6 and 2/3 innings and allowed only 4 hits against his former team. Arrieta has gone 63-28 with a Cy Young award to his name since being traded from Baltimore, where he put up rather alarming numbers over his short time there. Overall, the Cubs offense put out another great performance, and tonight, the pitching managed to silence the Oriole bats. If Arrieta and Lester can stay consistent, Quintana delivers, and Hendricks returns from injury gracefully, the Cubs rotation could be very scary in a 5 or 7-game series. The Cubs have been linked with Oakland ace Sonny Gray, a return which would most likely consist of Kyle Schwarber going back to the Athletics. However, after the solid performance of Arrieta and the trade for Quintana, the front office hopefully won’t risk the depth and power of the lineup for Gray. With another Milwaukee win, the Cubs still remain 5.5 games back of the Brew Crew.