What can be said about Kris Bryant that hasn’t been said yet? Yesterday, he led the Cubs to a lopsided 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins with two home runs, one being his second career grand slam.
What’s better about this particular feat? Oh, you can just add it was in front of a home crowd on Independence Day in his rookie season. Call Hollywood on that.
“He definitely has grinded it out and gone through some tough stretches and at-bats,” Maddon said of Bryant. “He’s made a lot of adjustments at the Major League level, and that’s not easy to do. I’m really impressed. Defensively, offensively, the way he’s being pitched — for a first-year guy to be pitched the way he is speaks a lot about what the other team thinks about him.”
Can I add that All Star selections are being released tonight? One of the best parts of the victory was not just Kris Bryant’s grand slam, but newly acquired left hander, Clayton Richard recieved his first victory as a Cub.
Maybe that can be the sequel?
“I was more nervous on the drive up Friday,” Richard said. “Today was pretty much game situation. Warming up, getting here was very routine oriented. When I found out, I had more butterflies in my stomach. It was a lot of fun.”
Not since the likes of Sweet Billy Williams, have the Cubs witnessed a rookie hitting two grand slams in a season.
So today sets up a great game for the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks is on the mound and Jorge Soler will be activated. Does this mean the Cubs can get back on track?
Listen, the team is 8 1/2 back of St Louis with plenty of ball left. If they were in any other division or league, the outcome would be a lot higher in the standings.
My only concern is Milwaukee. Is anyone paying attention to what they’re doing? (7 game winning streak)
The Cubs are in a good position and as we approach the All Star Game on July 14, the Cubs are starting to feel comfortable with their lineup and look forward to a possible Post Season appearance.