Well. That could not have realistically gone better, could it?
Jose Quintana made his Cubs debut – after the team traded two excellent prospects to acquire him – and he was as dominant as any Cubs pitcher has been all year. Quintana shut the Orioles out for seven innings, and struck out 12 batters, just one shy of his career high. He allowed just three hits and no walks on the day. My lord. That’s a start.
Offensively, the Cubs once again exploded Orioles pitching, with Willson Contreras notching a four-hit day, both halves of the Bryzzo Souvenir Company going deep, the team producing with runners in scoring position, and four Cubs collecting multi-hit games.
And in the end, not only did the Cubs shut out the Orioles, they swept them convincingly. I’m not going to tell you the Orioles are a great team, but pulling off a sweep at this time, on the road, after a terrible final week of the first half … man, it just could not have gone better.