The Cubs could've easily been 2-11 before today's game only scoring at least 5 runs twice and Willson Contreras being the lone Cubs hitter batting over .250. The offense must've heard myself & Marquee Sports writer Tony Andracki pregame as we wondered when they would decide to show up. Six home runs and fourteen hits later the Cubs were able to get some starters off their feet early as they bulldozed the Braves 13-4 in front of another sellout crowd of 10,343 at Wrigley Field.
Trevor Williams was able to pitch with a little cushion as he picked up his second win of the season going five strong innings allowing four hits and one run while striking out four on 92 pitches. He's still finding a rhythm with catcher Willson Contreras but things are looking up as they continue to learn each other.
Every Cubs starter reached base in some capacity...even Joc Pederson (0-2 with 3 walks) who's now hitting .114 in 53 plate appearances.
Final Score - Cubs 13 Braves 4 Summary - Ronald Acuña Jr. is known to make a lot happen with a little. It looked that way as he led off the game with a walk and was itching to swipe 2nd immediately but a Trevor Williams pickoff at first base ended the Braves hopes of hopping on the board early. The Cubs did just that in the bottom of 1 as #ILLWILL Willson Contreras blasted a 400 ft oppo bomb into the right field bleachers to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. ATL threatened in the top of 2 with runners at 2nd & 3rd with 1 out but Williams fanned CF Guillermo Heredia & pitcher Huascar Ynoa to end the inning. David Bote registered his 3rd ribby of the season with a double in the bottom of 2 that scored #JHey Jason Heyward to extend the Cubs lead to 2-0. Willy stayed hot in the bottom of 3 with another solo jack (his 9th career multi HR game) and it was #RAKINGSEASON for #ELMago Javier Baez as he launched an 84 mph Ynoa slider into the left field stands pushing the Cubs to a 6-0 advantage. Kris Bryant & David Bote wanted in on the action as well...Bryant's 2 run HR & Bote's 3 run HR in the bot of 5 put the Cubs ahead 11-0. The Braves finally checked the scoring column in the top of 6 when Ronald Acuña Jr. scored on a 6-4-3 double play but Bryant doubled back in the bottom of 6 with another 2 run bomb (his 14th career multi HR game) to make it a 13-1 Cubs lead. Atlanta scored 3 in the top of 7 and that was all she wrote. Quote(s) of the game - "It was just bound to happen. I like to look at baseball as a law of averages game. It feels good. Hopefully we can continue with that and continue with the approaches we had today. Hopefully a game like that can really catapult us." - Kris Bryant on the Cubs offensive explosion "I think Willson's a stud...in my opinion!" -- David Ross on Willson Contreras The BIGS Player(s) of the game - Willson Contreras (2-4 2 HR 2 RBI) Kris Bryant (3-5 2 HR 4 RBI) & David Bote (2-4 HR 4 RBI) did the majority of the damage The Good - This is the first time this season the Cubs have scored more than 5 runs in a game! The Bad - This is the first time this season the Cubs have scored more than 5 runs in a game! The Huff - Javier Baez struck out 3 times which brings his season total to 25 in 56 plate appearances....you do the math for an entire season! Next matchup - The rubber match tomorrow night on ESPN...first pitch 6:08 pm. #PoetryInMotion Kyle Hendricks on the bump for the Cubs looking for his first victory of the year.