The Cubs offense erupted with a home-run derby on Monday night as they snapped their losing streak with a 14-2 win over the Marlins at home.
Kris Bryant: 3 for 4, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Ian Happ: 2 for 5, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Javy Baez: 1 for 4, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI
Addison Russell: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Kyle Hendricks: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, W
How it Happened
The offensive eruption started in just the first inning when Kris Bryant crushed a two-run home run into the left-field bleachers giving the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. Then in the third inning, Javy Baez added a three-run home run to center to make it 5-0 Cubs. Ian Happ joined the home run party in the fourth inning also with another home run good for two-run, making it a substantial 7-0 Cubs lead. Miami did score in the top half of the next inning off a fielder’s choice groundout, but don’t worry the Cubs weren’t taking any chances with their lead.
Addison Russell doubled into deep right scoring two more runners, making it 9-1 Cubs in just the fifth inning. The Marlins tacked on one more in the seventh, but the Cubs still weren’t letting their lead evaporate. In the bottom half of the same inning, Ian Happ went oppo for his second blast of the day, that scored three more runs making it 12-2 Cubs. Then in the eighth inning, the Cubs tacked on two more runs via Tommy La Stella and Willson Contreras RBI singles, making it 14-2 in the Cubs favor. Kyle Hendricks dominated all during this time with just 98 pitches in eight innings, as the Cubs went on to win 14 to 2.
One Great Moment
With four home runs and seven scoring plays just for the Cubs, there are a few key moments to choose from for sure. For our “One Great Moment” of the game, we are going with Ian Happ’s multi-homer game that’s always a special feat to achieve. It was exceptionally great with home runs coming from both sides of the plate for Happ including an opposite-field blast in the seventh inning. He even set a new career-high for runs batted in, with five. It was a dominant game for Happ.
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The Cubs improve to 17-15 this season and are still in fourth place in the NL Central. However, they are 2.5 games back from the red-hot Cardinals who they were swept by this weekend. Nothing to worry about.
For the first time this season, the Cubs have a TBD pitcher scheduled on Tuesday with the DL stint for Yu Darvish who was slated to start. Whoever does start seeks to keep the momentum rolling at 7:05 PM Eastern on NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score.