Cubs Week 8/1/16 through 8/7/16

The Cubs went undefeated this week, and are looking like the team we saw at the beginning of the year. The Cubs swept the Marlins at Wrigley Field to start the week as Kyle Hendricks threw a CG shutout to earn his 10th win in the first game. The Cubs won the second game on Tuesday by a score of 3-2 as they held off a late comeback from the Marlins. Aroldis Chapman closed out the game to earn his 22th save of the 2016 season. Game three of the series was a wild one! The Cubs were down 4-1 entering the bottom of the 8th inning, and there wasn’t much hope. However, Rizzo walked in a run with the bases loaded and it was 4-2 entering the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, the #ComebackCubs showed up. Dexter Fowler brought in a run via sacrifice fly, and Ben Zobrist’s good eye brought in a run with the bases loaded walk to tie the game at four. Willson Contreras finished the job as A.J. Ramos threw a crazy wild pitch to bring in Matt Szczur, and the Cubs gave the Marlins a heart breaking loss to end the series.

After a nice off day, the Cubs set to play the Athletics. The Cubs jumped off to a fast start as Dexter Fowler homered at the lead-off spot for his 9th of the year. Jorge Soler came off of the DL and played in his first game as DH, and showed the Cubs organization why they kept him at the trade deadline. Jorge jacked a 3-run shot in the first and put the Cubs up 4-0 as Dillon Overton (Athletics pitcher) struggled. The final score was 7-2 as it was a smooth sailing victory for the northsiders. On Saturday, Jake Arrrieta showed the Jake that we saw in the first half of the season. He went a scoreless 8 innings, and Sonny Gray left in the 5th inning with an injury. A 3-1 victory on Sunday put a great end to a great week for the Cubbies. Kyle Hendricks continued to dominate as he earned his 11th win (2nd of the week), and Aroldis Chapman stayed on fire and lowered his ERA to 1.95. Kris Bryant hit his 27th home run this year, and Jorge Soler had an amazing series in Oakland as he hit his 2nd HR in three days. All in all, the Cubs are on a current 7 game win streak, have the best record in the MLB, the pitching is looking like the best we’ve seen all year, and have an 11.5 game lead over the Cardinals in the central. It’s a great time to be a Cubs fan; actually…the best time.

-Thomas Johnson

-Locker Talk Sports

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