Rizzo, Bryant combine for three homers as Cubs drop 17 on Phillies
It’s Players Weekend, so instead of actual last names being plastered on most jerseys, nicknames are being used. For the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant by any other names are still really good.
Rizzo, known as Tony, and Bryant, known as KB for the weekend – although probably should have been named Bryzzo – combined to club three home runs as the Cubs rolled to a 17-2 win over the Phillies.
It has been an up-and-down couple of days for the Cubs, losers of two in a row entering Saturday. Only a Kyle Schwarber home run paced the Cubs attack in a 7-1 loss to Philly on Friday night. One day later, the Cubs totaled 14 hits and six home runs, including two by Tommy La Stella, known creatively on his jersey as La Stella.
Ben Zobrist, or Zorilla, hit the sixth home run for the Cubs.
Overshadowed in all of this was the pitching effort by Kyle Hendricks, who improved to 5-4 with seven strong innings pitched with two earned runs on six hits allowed and eight strikeouts.
With the National League Central in a bit of a struggle this season, it really feels like the Cubs are on some kind of uncomfortable cruise control. Both the Brewers and the Cardinals were winners on Saturday, so the Cubs still hold a 3-game lead in the division over the Brewers.
Hoskins’ Hot Start
Rhys Hoskins is absolutely on fire. After being called up on Aug. 10, he has 10 home runs in 17 games. He accounted for Hendrick’s only real blemish of the night, a two-run home run in the first inning.
Jimenez Homers Against Smokies
Yeah, the Cubs may be in first place. But it hurt a little to see Eloy Jimenez launch a homer into orbit as a Birmingham Baron, the White Sox’s AA affiliate. He finished the day 3-for-4 with a homer, 2 RBI and two runs. He’s going to be good, but … so are the Cubs. Rest easy.
John Lackey (10-9, 4.90 ERA) goes up against recently-called-up RHP Nick Pivetta, who is 4-9 with a 6.73 ERA. Pivetta has lost four straight. The Cubs and Lackey should step up and take the series.
Time: 12:35 CDT
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Class AAA – Memphis Redbirds 4, Iowa Cubs 2
Class AA – Tennessee Smokies 10, Birmingham Barons 3
SP – Steve Peraksils W (5-2), 5 IP, 6 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)
RF – Jeffrey Baez 4-5, 3B, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI
SS – Carlos Penalver 4-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
C – Cael Brockmeyer 2-4, 2 R
LF – Charcer Burks 1-4, HR, RBI, R
CF – Trey Martin 1-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI
Class A Advanced – Carolina Mudcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2
Class A – South Bend Cubs 7, Lake County 6
SP – Erling Moreno ND, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
RP – Yapson Gomez W (1-0), 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
C – Tyler Payne 2-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB
2B – Yelier Peguero 1-3, 2B, R
RF – Chris Pieters 2-4, 2B, 2 R
3B – Austin Upshaw 2-3, R, RBI