Cubs vs. Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 98-100)
The Cubs begin their final homestand before the trade deadline with a 3-game series against opponents they recently faced, the Diamondbacks. See below for the weekend's pitching matchups.
Game 98, Friday, July 23, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Zach Davies (W)
ARS: RHP Zac Gallen (L)
I am posting this late, so the Cubs have already drubbed the D-Backs 8-3. Javy and Chirinos each went deep Davies struck out 8 over 5.1 innings, and Keegan Thompson pitched 3 innings to earn his first career save.
Game 99, Saturday, July 24, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (4-3, 4.64 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Merrill Kelly (6-7, 4.46 ERA)
Mills was the victim of bad defense in his last start, allowing five runs but only one of them earned over 4.0 innings pitched. He struck out six Cardinals and had nice movement on his two-seamer, changeup, and curveball.
Kelly appeared to be on track for a complete game in his last start, which came against the Cubs. He exited in the 9th, however, after allowing a leadoff double to Bryant and RBI single to Javy. Joakim Soria took over, allowing Ortega a 9th inning hit (his second in as many days) and then eventually catching Contreras looking on a 3-2 breaking ball in the zone.
Game 100, Sunday, July 25, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (3-2, 5.68 ERA)
ARZ: LHP Caleb Smith (3-6, 4.38 ERA)
Williams earned a no-decision in his last start when he allowed four earned runs to the Cardinals over five innings. It was his first start (second appearance) since returning from over a month on the IL.
Smith defeated Pittsburgh in his last start. He went 6.2 innings and struck out 7 while allowing two earned runs. Before the All-Star break, he got clobbered by the Dodgers for nine earned runs in a single inning of work. Excluding that one terrible outing, he ould have an ERA of only 3.39. Bryant is 3-6 with a double, triple, and homer off of Smith.