Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game for the Chicago Cubs, who used another solid outing from Jason Hammel to beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood delivered a victory from the mound on Sunday. A day later, he did the same from the batter’s box. The pinch-hitting pitcher had an RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Both pitchers will be available to this afternoon.
Leading 5-2 with newly anointed closer Pedro Strop on the hill, things where looking good for starter Jeff Samardzija. Leaving with the lead, the 29-year-old pitcher watched the bullpen give up 5 runs in the ninth in a 7-5 loss.
The youngsters have been sent back down, giving us a better idea of what lies ahead.
Anthony Rizzo has breakout potential, but not much is expected from the rest of the squad.
Ruggiano hit .222 with 18 homers and 50 RBIs last season.
Adding a right-handed hitter with some pop ,the Chicago Cubs added some depth to their outfield mix as they departed the winter meetings.
Nobody should have to be thankful for the existence of the Miami Marlins.