Bring on the White Sox.
With this week’s five-game series win over the Cardinals, the Cubs enter the most intriguing series with their Crosstown neighbors in over a decade.
The Cubs dropped Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader with the Cardinals, setting the stage for a 4-2 win in the night cap. Adbert Alzolay stepped up and gave the Cubs five solid innings, which could put him in line for more starts going forward.
Takeaways from the win:
Adbert Alzolay gave the Cubs exactly what they needed in his 2020 debut.
Alzolay, called upon as the 29th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader, threw five innings of one-run ball. The 25-year-old allowed two hits — a pair of singles — walking one while striking out six.
Alzolay had a bit of trouble locating his fastball early in the game before settling in — he threw it 41 times, 28 for strikes. His curveball was especially effective, getting five strikeouts with it.
The only blemish on Alzolay’s final line came after a David Bote throwing error in the fifth. The ball grazed off Anthony Rizzo’s glove, reaching above his head. Tyler O’Neill advanced to second on the play and later scored on a sac fly.
Big time Bote
David Bote came up clutch in the sixth inning in the night cap of Monday’s doubleheader. He did so again in the seventh in Game 2 of Wednesday’s twin bill.
A half-inning after the Cubs surrendered a 2-1 lead, Bote knocked a two-run single into center field to put his team back out front.
For the Cubs, it snapped a rough streak with the bases loaded. Before Bote’s hit, they were 0-for-5 with the bases loaded dating back to Tuesday's game. They were 5-for-27 on the season with 13 strikeouts before Bote's single.
Ain’t no DH
Kyle Schwarber — left fielder.
Schwarber, who's taken strides forward defensively through the years, showed off his big arm in the fourth inning. Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter hit a ball off the left center field wall, and Schwarber made a nice barehanded play on the carom.
He proceeded to fire a one-hop strike to second base, where Jason Kipnis tagged Carpenter out.
Kimbrel closes it out
The Cubs are still rolling with a closer-by-committee, but Craig Kimbrel delivered his best outing of the season. The veteran struck out the side in the seventh, hitting a batter to secure his first save of the season. His fastball touched 99 and he got two strikeouts on his curve, one swinging.
"They’re really close to just really blowing up. I really feel it. ...They’re close. It’s going to happen soon. I have a feeling." – Alec Mills on the Cubs offense
The Cubs have an off day on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Crosstown series with the White Sox at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish are the probable starters Friday-Sunday.