Alzolay Stays Perfect as Offense Explodes in Finale!
Heading into the finale of series the Cubs have saw the Diamondbacks have their number this season. In six games played this far the Cubs have only managed to win just two games putting them 2-4 versus the Diamondbacks thus far. The Cubs would send out Adbert Alzolay who so far this season has won every game he has pitched so far. The Cubs before the game were very optimistic and heads held high despite losing the last two games with next to none offensive production. Before the game Anthony Rizzo was scratched, but this was just to get him some much needed rest before the Cubs head to L.A for a three game set. With the Cubs hottest hitter over the last 8 games sitting out, could the offense still get rolling?
All the questions would be answered right away in the top of the first as the Cubs offensive juggernaut struck for 5 runs on 6 hits which include not one but two monstrous homers from Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras. "This is the wakening we have been waiting on this season" said former N.L MVP Kris Bryant. Coming into the game the Cubs had only scored four run in the previous two games and yet score 5 in the first. The Cubs would chase starter Luke Weaver out of the game after just 2 innings and 1/3 of work. After turning it over to the bullpen slugger Kyle Schwarber connected on the first pitch to seen a deep ball to right center for his 10th homer of the year. "It's important for us to score runs early and often to give our starter the ability to settle in early" said Schwarber. That is exactly what Alzolay did, outside of two mistakes he was sharp going 6 strong innings giving up just 2 runs via the long ball. Following him the bullpen (Tepera, Winkler, and Dominguez) was just as impressive giving up only 1 hit in 3 innings of work while striking out 6.
This was exactly the type of game the Cubs needed heading into a three game series with the red hot Dodgers. The Dodgers are produce one of the best lineups in the game. The Dodger are a little banged up without starters Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias for the next month. "These are the match-ups you look forward to during the season, it's almost like a early playoff atmosphere. If we can go in there and come out with at least two out of three it will really give us a leg up with any future match ups in October" said manager David Ross.