Addison Russell stepped in the box with the bases loaded in the eighth inning Wednesday night. The Cubs were leading 4-1 and Russell delivered the knockout blow. Russell launched the first Grand Slam of his career to the bleachers in left center. The Cubs took a seven-run lead and Aroldis Chapman shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth inning that included two strikeouts.
Addison Russell went 1-for-4 with the biggest of big flies and drove in a career-high four runs with one swing of the bat. Russell became the youngest Cubs’ player to hit a Grand Slam since Nelson Mathews in 1962.
Russell is hitting .288/.341/.513 with four doubles, a triple and four home runs for a .853 OPS over his last 22 games. Since the break, Russell has a .325/.400/.525 slash line with a .925 OPS. And for the season, Russell is hitting .248/.338/.417 with 14 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs for a .755 OPS.
Russell is now third on the team in RBI with 60 on the season, six behind Kris Bryant (66). Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with 76 RBI, which is good for third in the NL.
Addison Russell is batting .297/.370/.548 with 11 doubles, two triples and eight home runs for a .918 OPS in 44 games at Wrigley this season. And 42 of his 60 RBI have come at the old ballyard.
Russell has driven in more runs at Wrigley than Bryant (24) and Rizzo (29).
Addison Russell says he really likes batting fifth. Maybe Joe Maddon should hit his All-Star shortstop fifth at least in front of the home crowd.
Post-Game Reports – Recap
The Cubs turned it on late and beat the White Sox 8-1 on Wednesday night in a game Maddon’s team was no-hit through five innings. Kris Bryant tied the game with the Cubs’ first hit, a solo homer in the sixth and Javier Baez delivered the game-winner, a two-run shot in the seventh with Jason Heyward on board.
Ben Zobrist doubled in a run and Addison Russell smacked the slam to cap the scoring in the five-run eighth inning.
Jason Hammel picked up the win with an excellent performance. Hammel is 3-0 in three games after the break with a 2.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.
Here are the post-game reports and recap …
- CCO – Cubs Put Three On the Board and Slam the Sox
- ESPN Chicago – Better late than never, Cubs’ offense busts out again
- Comcast SportsNet – Javy Baez blast brings Cubs offense out of hibernation in blowout over White Sox
- The Sun-Times – Cubs rout Sox as Chapman makes triple-digit Cub debut
Aroldis Chapman made his Cubs’ debut Wednesday in what ended up being a blowout win over the White Sox. The Cubs scored five runs in the eighth that turned a 3-1 lead into an eventual 8-1 win.
Joe Maddon stuck with his plan and had Chapman pitch, even in a non-save situation. Chapman walked out to Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Wake Up’ and lit up the radar gun. Chapman made 15 pitches, 10 for strikes, and 13 were 100-plus mph. Daren Willman pointed out that since 2008 Cubs pitchers have thrown a total of 12 pitches that were 100-plus mph. Chapman topped that total in his debut.
As it turns out there was a save on Wednesday and it went to Miguel Montero.
Chapman refused to talk to the Chicago media after the game, citing the issues from Tuesday as the reason he would not discuss his Cubs’ debut with the beat writers and local media. Chapman did talk to ESPN after the game.
Miguel Montero is one of the team’s leaders and he showed why Wednesday.
- ESPN Chicago – Aroldis Chapman looks like a game-changer in his Cubs debut
- Comcast SportsNet – The Aroldis Chapman Show begins at Wrigley Fiel
- Comcast SportsNet – Trying to make sense of Aroldis Chapman’s lost-in-translation rollout with the Cubs
- 670 The Score – Joe Maddon leaves door open to using Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning in playoffs
Joe Maddon dropped Jason Heyward to seventh in the lineup Wednesday. Heyward was key in the comeback win over the White Sox. Heyward worked a two-out walk ahead of Javier Baez’s go-ahead two-run homer.
Heyward worked with John Mallee and Eric Hinske before the game and is trying to lift the ball in the air more.
ESPN Chicago talked to Heyward about his season-long struggles.
Heyward maintains bad luck has “been as responsible for his sagging numbers as much as bad at-bats have been.” Heyward is going to stick to his process and “stay the course.” Heyward feels like he’s doing things right, just not getting the results.
Joe Maddon believes Heyward will and can get on track.
Miguel Montero – Willson Contreras
Miguel Montero was behind the plate for the third straight game Wednesday. Maddon said before the game he likes the way Montero has looked offensively of late and even moved him up in the lineup. Montero batted fifth behind Ben Zobrist and was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
Willson Contreras warmed up Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen. But Montero was left in the game for the ninth inning.
Contreras is scheduled to start Thursday and catch John Lackey.
Joe Maddon addressed Contreras’ playing time, or lack of it, before the game. Maddon thought this was the right time to give Contreras a little break. Contreras is playing more than he ever has and will be expected to produce offensively and defensively in September.
Chris Coghlan – Jorge Soler
Coghlan hit leadoff, played right field and was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, a run scored and two RBI.
Soler was the DH, batted second and reached base three times. Soler went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored.
The Cubs appear to be targeting a weekend return for Jorge Soler. The Cubs have not given a timeframe for when Chris Coghlan will be activated from the disabled list.
Dylan Cease – Emeralds Roster Moves
The Eugene Emeralds announced Wednesday that RHP Dylan Cease will pitch Friday against the Boise Hawks. Cease has not appeared in a game since July 11. In five starts this season, Cease is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.25 WHIP (nine runs, eight earned, 19 hits, eight walks, 23 strikeouts, 21 2/3 innings). The Emeralds did not say if Cease will start, just that he is “scheduled to pitch limited innings.”
The Ems also announced Erling Moreno, Dakota Mekkes, Tyler Peitzmeier and Marc Huberman were added to the roster.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Patrick Mooney, the Cubs felt the inevitable sense of trading a big-time prospect like Gleyber Torres.
• The Sun-Times reported the front office made its move, players said now ‘it’s up to us to win.’
• The New York Post reported Theo Epstein boldly accepts his Cubs moment of truth.
• According to Buster Olney, the first estimate on what the qualifying offer will be this off-season is $16.7 million, a $900,000 increase from the $15.8 million from last year.
• The Sun-Times asked after all the cutups and laughs, will the joke be on Chris Sale or the Cubs Thursday night at Wrigley. Five days after showing off his best cutter, Sale takes on Wrigley.
• The New York Post explained why the Yankees believe in Adam Warren as a bullpen cure. And he offered his take on why he didn’t succeed with the Cubs.
• Jim Bowden took a look at what it would take for five different teams to trade for Chris Sale. From the Cubs, Bowden thinks it would take Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario to acquire Sale from the Sox. Bowden did not mention that the Sox would never, ever, under any circumstances trade Sale to the Cubs while Jerry Reinsdorf still owns the team.
• According to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers are showing interest in the Royals’ Wade Davis.
• Multiple reports Wednesday pointed toward talks for Brewers’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy increasing significantly. Lucroy is expected to be traded before Monday’s deadline. According to Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox are in the mix for Lucroy and so is an unidentified ‘Mystery Team.’ The Tigers are talking to the Brewers about Lucroy according to Ken Rosenthal. And the Indians would like to make a deal with the Brewers for Will Smith and Lucroy according to Rosenthal and Crasnick. The Brewers are looking for high-end prospects in return for Lucroy.
• Marc Topkin reported Wednesday that the Rays are sending Alex Cobb back on a rehab assignment Friday. Cobb made two rehab starts before the Rays shut him down due to fatigue.
• The Giants are looking everywhere for starting pitching and relievers according to multiple reports. The Royals’ Edinson Volquez is on the Giants’ list according to Jerry Crasnick. Henry Schulman reported the Giants have been monitoring the Royals. As for relievers, Buster Olney reported Jeanmar Gomez (Phillies) and Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers) are on the Giants radar.
• The Brewers are asking for a team’s No. 1 and one or two mid-level prospects for Jeremy Jeffress according to Jim Duquette.
• The Nationals have “intensified their efforts to acquire a reliever” according to Jon Paul Morosi.
• According to Jerry Crasnick, the Mariners are among the teams that have talked to the Reds about Jay Bruce.
• The Phillies are telling teams interested in trading for Jeremy Hellickson he will cost “one of your top five prospects” according to Jayson Stark. If the Phillies do not get want they want for Hellickson, they are prepared to hold on to him and make a qualifying offer to get the draft pick.
• Jeff Passan pointed out Wednesday, “This is the point in trade deadline week where prices get insanely high. Pitching is there right now. Total stalemate. Should break soon.”
• And last, but not least, Major League Baseball released the logo for next year’s All-Star Game. The 88th Midsummer Classic will be at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 27, 2016
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Cubs traded Darwin Barney and cash to the Dodgers for a PTBNL. The Cubs received Jonathan Martinez from the Dodgers on July 30, 2014 to complete the trade.
2011 – Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome and cash to the Indians for Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith
2000 – Cubs traded Brett King, Chris Hatcher and Mike Heathcott to the Angels for Brett Hinchliffe and Keith Luuloa
1998 – A day after hitting the first grand slam of his career, Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam for the second time in two days and became the 18th player in big league history to hit grand slams on consecutive days and the first Cubs player to accomplish the feat
1992 – Cubs traded a PTBNL to the Dodgers for Kal Daniels. Cubs sent Mike Sodders to the Dodgers later in the day to complete the trade.
1990 – Shawon Dunston tied a Major League record by hitting three triples in a 10-7 win over the Expos. Dunston drove in five runs.
1986 – Cubs acquired Rich Surhoff and Bryan Dial from the Rangers for Ron Merideth.
1979 – Dave Kingman hit three home runs, but the Cubs lost to the Mets 6-4 in New York. Kingman belted two home runs the night before that gave him five longballs in two days and tied a Major League record first set by Cap Anson in 1884 and tied by several other players, including Billy Williams in 1968.
1977 – Cubs beat the Reds 16-15 in a 13 innings game that lasted four hours and 50 minutes. The Cubs overcame Reds leads of 6-0, 10-8, 13-11 and 15-14 and won on a Dave Rosello RBI single. Bill Buckner, Jerry Morales, Bobby Murcer, and George Mitterwald hit home runs.
1968 – A crowd of 42,261, the largest crowd at Wrigley in 20 years, saw the Cubs go over the .500 mark (52-51) with 8-3 ad 1-0 victories over the Dodgers behind Joe Niekro and Ken Holtzman
1963 – Dick Ellsworth struck out Stan Musial three times in a Cubs 5-1 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. It was the only time ‘Stan the Man’ struck out three times in a game during his 22-year career, 3026 games.
1960 – Carmelo Martinez, born