Rangers 0 @ Cubs 6 (Box Score)
The Cubs ended the 1st half on a high note with a win against the Pirates and they started the 2nd half the right way with a dominant win over the Rangers.
- Normally you would see your ace get the nod to start the 2nd half, and that’s why the Cubs started Kyle Hendricks. I kid, but Hendricks, out of all the other arms on this staff, has pitched the best as of late and he had another good outing yesterday. I admit that I was a little worried in the 1st inning when the Rangers were threatening to score, but he got out of it and really didn’t get himself into any other jams. There are a lot of people that I’ve seen that have said to trade Hendricks. I don’t agree. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him, even yet.
- Addison Russell got the start in the 5th spot in the lineup for only the 5th time this year and made the most of it as a run producer. He hit a nice double and scored and then drove in a pair of runs in the big 6th inning. Russell has been a clutch hitter this year in high leverage situations (game changing situations). In 67 plate appearances so far this year in those situations, Russell has hit .383 / .448 / .650 with 9 extra base hits and 26 RBI. He’s be a guy you want up there in big situations. The problem has come in the medium to low situations, where he’s hit much worse. I don’t know if it’s sample size or another reason, but it’s something I’m interested in watching more.
- Prior to the game, the Cubs made a pair of roster moves, bringing Clayton
KershawRichard back from the DL replacing Trevor Cahill who hits the DL with tendinitis in his right knee. David Ross was also brought back from the 7 day concussion DL and took the place of Munenori Kawasaki, who is Japanese.
- Joel Peralta has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment before the break and he’s elected free agency rather than being sent to the minors.
AAA – Jake Buchanan – 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
AA – Tyler Skulina – 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
A-Adv – Erick Leal – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
A – Kyle Miller – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
SS – Manuel Rondon – 4 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
AAA – Juan Perez (CF) – 2 for 2, 3 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB
AA – Trey Martin (CF) – 1 for 3
A-Adv – Ian Rice (DH) – 2 for 5, 2 RBI, BB
A – Bryant Flete (3B) – 1 for 3, 3B, 2 RBI
SS – Marcus Mastrobuoni (C) – 2 for 5, 2B, R, 3 RBI