The Cubs have had terrific starting pitching all season long and that trend continued Monday as Alec Mills completely shut down his former team in a dominant win at Wrigley Field.
Kansas City starter Danny Duffy matched Mills zero for zero through four innings, but the Cubs finally got to him in the 5th. The KC lefty almost escaped unscathed from a bases-loaded jam, but Javy Báez hit a sacrifice fly to right to give Chicago the lead.
Mills really settled in after allowing a couple runners early and retired the last 11 batters he faced in seven scoreless innings. Kris Bryant announced his return to the lineup with a solo homer to left in the 7th off Ian Kennedy.
Why the Cubs Won
Mills and the relief corps kept the Royals off the board. A light offensive day doesn’t hurt in that scenario.
Bryant’s homer was his first of the season and provided crucial insurance in a one-run game.
Stats That Matter
- Mills has been so impressive in his two starts: 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 K, and 3 BB.
- David Bote had three terrific plays in the field that were huge in a tight game.
- Wick picked up his second save of the year as he tries to stake a claim on the closer spot.
Pitching and defense will win you a lot of games, The Cubs have displayed a lot of that recently and wins have followed.