OSS: Cubs bats jump on the Dbacks bullpen day early and turn this into a yawner.
- Javy Baez got the part started with a two run homer in the first inning, his 33rd on the year. He’s how only two dongs below Carpenter for the NL lead, and remains at the top of the NL RBI leaderboard.
- The Javy HR was set up by a seventeen pitch PA by Anthony Rizzo that ended in a lineout. Rizzo did get on the board later in the game with a two run single.
- Daniel Murphy was the other multi-hit-day-er, going 2-3 with a home run of his own in the second inning to put the Cubs up 5-0.
- Nothing to complain about today. The Brewers also lost, so the Cubs are now up four games in the loss column with twelve games to go.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep against Robbie Ray.Ray is a big TTO guy – he has a 31% K rate, 13% walk rate, and has a 1.41 HR/9. He’s walked at least two batters (usually more) in every start dating back to….his last start against the Cubs in late July. He’ll face Cole Hamels at 8:40 CT. It’s certainly extra salt in the wound for the Cubs to get a late night PDT start time at the end of their 30 scheduled games in 30 days stretch.