The Chicago Cubs put on a show this weekend in their three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. They finished their sweep by shutting out the Cardinals in a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
Cubs Starting Pitcher Zach Davies threw 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing a mere 2 hits and striking out 6. Sunday’s performance was the second time Davies had shut out the Cardinals this season. The former draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles threw 5 scoreless innings against the Cardinals back in May.
The only two runs of the game came in the bottom of the 3rd inning. A fielding error from Cardinals Second Baseman Paul DeJong allowed Cubs Second Baseman to score the first run of the game. Two at-bats later, Cubs All-Star First Baseman Anthony Rizzo ripped a line drive back up the middle, scoring Outfielder Joc Pedersen.
Cardinals Starting Pitcher Carlos Martinez lasted 7 total innings. Although he had no earned runs allowed, his season ERA still sits at 5.54. Martinez allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 6 Cubs batters.
Martinez picked up his 7th loss of the season, and Cubs Closer Craig Kimbrel tallied his 18th save on the year. Kimbrel currently has the second-most saves in Major League Baseball, sitting right behind Padres closer Mark Melancon who has 19 saves.
The Cubs are currently tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central at 38-27. Their fifth straight win makes them 6-4 in their last 10 games. One major difference between the Cubs and Brewers is in their run differential. The Cubs currently have a +43-run differential, while the Brewers are sitting at a +10.
After completing the sweep of the Cardinals, the Cubs will head to New York to begin a three-game road series against the Mets, before heading back to Chicago to host the Miami Marlins.
The Cardinals will head back to St. Louis to host the Marlins in a three-game home series starting on Monday, June 14th. Following their home series, the birds will head to Atlanta to face the Braves.