The Cubs were hoping to get back in the win column Friday after their six-game winning streak was snapped the night before. Chicago went back to the winning formula of an excellent start and timely offense to pick up another victory.
Both starting pitchers, Marcus Stroman and Alex Cobb, were very good Friday night as they matched zeros through the first four innings. Patrick Wisdom gave the Cubs the lead in the 5th inning when he got a home run just over the left-field wall for a solo shot.
Chicago broke it open in the 9th against Camilo Doval when Nico Hoerner was able to beat a throw to the plate to score a run on a Frank Schwindel grounder. Alfonso Rivas followed with an RBI single and an error on a Christopher Morel blooper to right chased home a run for a 4-0 edge.
Why the Cubs Won
They were able to add three crucial insurance runs in the top of the 9th inning to give them a big enough margin to win.
Eye on the Future
- Scott Effross got into a bases-loaded jam in the 7th inning but was able to escape it with a strikeout.
- Hoerner walked twice and made an excellent baserunning play to score a run.
Stats That Matter
- Stroman has been excellent since returning from his injury: 6 IP, 0 R, 8 H, 3 K, and 1 BB.
- Wisdom doubled in addition to his homer and appears to be heating back up.
All of the Cubs trade chips saw action on Friday night and all of them made it through without injury. Stroman is pitching like he could be a big piece of the Cubs rotation next season.