Approach is everything regardless of the results...so I've heard.
The Cubs plate approach (swinging early and using the entire field) has been transparent lately as a six piece spicy in the bottom of 1 was all they needed on a beautiful 61 degree afternoon with a 15-2 cooking of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Getting an early lead afforded Cubs manager David Ross the luxury of not having to jump to matchup situations early and allowed guys to get extra at bats and playing time.
That's four straight wins and the Cubs are now 10-9 and one game behind the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.
They've scored 13+ runs in three of their last six games.
Kyle Hendricks registered his first W of the year in four tries going six innings allowing six hits and two runs while walking one and fanning six on 92 pitches. The first inning offensive explosion gave Hendricks a cushion to relax and settle in. His ERA dropped 1.24 points to 5.68 as he looked much more comfortable on the mound but said he still he has a lot of adjustments to make.
Final Score - Cubs 15 Brewers 2 Summary - An #ELMAGO Javier Baez single and doubles from #THENATURAL Kris Bryant, #BIGFOLKS Anthony Rizzo, Jake Marisnick & Nico Hoerner got the Cubs jumping in the bottom of 1. It didn't stop there as solo back to back jacks by Baez & Rizzo, an RBI triple from #JHey Jason Heyward and a Marisnick groundout RBI in the bottom of 2 marked a 10 spot for the guys in pinstripes. Jake Marisnick hopped on the home run train in the bottom of 4 with a solo jack to give the Cubs an 11-0 lead. The Crew put 2 on the board in the top of 6 with HRs from Wong & McKinley. The Cubs doubled up in the bottom of 6 behind an Austin Romine pinch hit RBI double & a 3 run shot from #ILLWILL Willson Contreras to extend the lead to 15-2.
Quote(s) of the game - "It's been rewarding because I see these guys work. You guys don't get to see them behind the scenes but them putting in the work, challenging themselves and trusting each other is a great thing to see. The hard work paying off is exciting to see." - David Ross on the Cubs offensive firepower "When your number is called you go out there and grind. Find a way to impact the game one way or another." - Jake Marisnick on his role The BIGS Player(s) of the game - Jake Marisnick was 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs scored and tied his career high of 5 RBIs.
The Good - Another offensive eruption as the Cubs destroyed Brewers pitching with 13 hits. (David Bote was the only starter to go hitless but he did drive in a run) The Bad - Brewers starting pitcher Brett Anderson left the game after facing 4 Cubs hitters. He was experiencing right knee discomfort. Anderson was 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA before today's start. Hopefully it's something minor and he returns sooner than later. The Huff - Kris Bryant (3-4 R) raised his team leading batting average to .313 but was the only Cubs starter without an RBI. Next matchup - Game 2 of the 3 game set. Adbert Alzolay on the bump for the Cubs....Freddy Peralta goes for the Brewers. First pitch 1:20.