Kris Bryant's first multi-run hit should've been accompanied by the Benny Hill theme.
Yes, "Yackety Sax" would be an apt soundtrack to the wacky play from the top of the seventh that broke a 1-all tie in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
With two runners on, Bryant crushed a ball to left-center field, his first-career extra-base hit.
Both runners came around to score, Anthony Rizzo crossing the plate just as a relay throw bounced off Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Bryant then got a little too aggressive rounding third base, caught in between a throw down to third base. Bryant turned toward home, and Cervelli again being unable to corral a throw allowed the rookie to score the play's third run.
So Bryant is still without his first big league homer, but he did get to touch every base on one play Monday night on what several observers dubbed a "Little League home run."
Bryant broke a tie he created earlier in the game, when his RBI basehit made it 1-1 in the fifth inning. So while all three runs on that zany play didn't go as RBIs, the Cubs' first four runs Monday came off Bryant hits.
Tony Andracki, David Kaplan, and Kelly Crull dive into everything going on with the Cubs at the moment, including Addison Russell's struggles and the team's other personnel issues (1:10), whether some trade targets are realistic for the Cubs to acquire (7:30), the ultimate role for Robel Garcia (11:15), how the Cubs will structure the bullpen with Pedro Strop's struggles (14:30), and what the roster could look like after the trade deadline (18:30).
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Cole Hamels took a step towards his return to the Cubs on Tuesday, but showed he is still working his way back to full strength.
Hamels made his first rehab start with Triple-A Iowa. It was his first game action since leaving with an oblique injury during a start on June 28.
For the Iowa Cubs, Hamels went 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run, but he struggled to throw strikes. Hamels threw 17 of his 35 pitches for strikes. He had two strikeouts, three walks and allowed one hit.
If Hamels is only throwing 35 pitches and not having much command, he isn’t that close to a return. It has been about three and a half weeks since his injury.
Alec Mills made two starts for the Cubs after the all-star break, including one on Monday, with Hamels out. Mills was sent down before Tuesday’s game in San Francisco. Lefty reliever Tim Collins took his spot on the roster.
The Cubs have off days on Thursday and Monday so they could skip a spot in the rotation, buying more time until Hamels is ready to rejoin the rotation.
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