Recap: #Cubs 4, Dodgers 2

Monday’s game

* Kris Bryant hit his ninth and 10th home runs in his first multi-homer game. Four of his 10 homers have come with two strikes on him. He’s hit safely in eight-straight home games. This was the sixth time this year a Cubs player hit multiple home runs in a game.

* Matt Szczur, called up from Triple-A Iowa before the game, hit his first home run with a solo shot in the seventh.

* Travis Wood picked up the win, his second this year, giving up one hit over 3 1/3 innings in relief. He has a 1.65 ERA (3 ER/16 1/3 IP) in 12 relief appearances this season.

* Anthony Rizzo singled in the first, and now has hit in four straight games. He leads the Cubs with 78 hits and is batting .310 in 42 night games this season.

* Dexter Fowler had to leave the game in the bottom of  the fifth with a sprained left ankle. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

* Tsuyoshi Wada left the game in the third with cramping in his left deltoid muscle. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out one in two-plus innings.

* With the win, the Cubs now are a season-high eight games over .500. They are 15-7 in their last 22 games against teams
above .500.

* Pedro Strop has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances dating to May 31.

* David Ross threw out two runners trying to steal for the second time this season.

* Jason Motte celebrated his birthday by picking up his second save of the season.

* The Cubs played the game under protest after some of the lights went out during the game. The lights eventually came back on.

(Information provided by Cubs media relations)

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Looking forward to Szczur proving Petrey wrong.

I’ll remember that mat b and let you know I told you so when the sample size gets bigger

I second that emotion, Mat B. And a Villanova product. What`s not to like! And how about tonight`s victory. I`ve heard it said we have the most `walk off` wins of any team in the majors. Or is that hyperbole?

Aloha jhosk- gosh Hammel pitched a great game! The team had a chance earlier to bring in a run and did not but both starting pitchers were doing well. In the ninth I think it was, Strop, he got out the first 2 batters including a strikeout of Joc, who I know is good but cocky and for myself, I like Bryant’s approach-demeanor better. I have to give Castro kudo’s on the play from him to Rizzo and Rizzo did a great job stretching to get that second out. Then it is like Strop lost it (gave up a single, BB) I thought on-no! I know some of have been hard on Baxter, he was struck out twice I think by pitches that the ump was not calling on anyone else in the evening! So I think it was awesome that he and Szczur got that 10th inning going and Fowler was patient to get a walk out of his ph at-bat and Denorfia with that sac fly. For this team to beat two of the best pitchers in the game, two nights in a row is monumental! I hope they do not let up for tomorrow and build on these first 2 games because after this it is the Cardinals! Mahalo!

That is a salient point you make, k.g. when you suggest defeating two of the best arms in the game the past two nights is worth noting. We did something similar a month or so ago when we won games in the same week started by Cole and Harvey, two hurlers with separate teams, but also two of the best in the game. I give Strop a pass for any letdown on his part, because he worked the night before. I do not fancy seeing any pitchers work back to back games. The manager should avoid permitting that, except in emergency situations.

And did you hear Virginia defeated the mighty Vanderbilt in Omaha tonight? It`s a `minor miracle,` as the Cavs started a pitcher who rarely performs that function. He`s normally the centerfielder. The awesome Vandy offense failed to score even one run. There should be an investigation. This defies logic!

Aloha jhosk- and they keep defying the odds-makers and the metrics people! I love it! A game played by humans! What a concept! I hope your team continues to play like they are and remember that they are a team no matter what happens because this has been a great story for this year. Mahalo!

I appreciate your input, k.g. Trust me. The principal reason the Cavs won this game is Josh Sborz. He`s been magnificent. He came on `in relief` and made almost 80 pitches, more pitches than the starter. He was critical in vanquishing Florida in the prior round. Sborz has hurled 27 consecutive scoreless innings at Omaha dating back to 2014. The man is a horse. I love his intestinal fortitude. He was drafted 74th by the Dodgers earlier this month. Wish it had been the Cubs. The pity is Josh will not be available for tomorrow`s `deciding` game.

Was that Steve Bartman’s relative last night? Different result though! That will be story to pass on down. Only in a Cubs game!

Aloha Tom, LOL! I need that to start the day. Mahalo!

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