With apologies, the lengthy rain delay, paired with early kiddo duties, precluded me from seeing all of this one. I did get to see the Cubs’ scoring and most of John Lackey’s outing, so that was good.
The Cubs jumped out to a reasonably healthy lead early when they got homers from Javy Baez and Willson Contreras in the third inning, and that was enough, as Lackey and the bullpen combined to allow just about bupkis to the Braves.
Lackey went only five innings in this one, and although he didn’t look his best, he did look like a serviceable fifth starter – which is all the Cubs need him to be in the second half. The one run he gave up came, naturally, on a home run, but it was actually a good low-and-in slider that Nick Markakis somehow got down on and yanked.
The bullpen was virtually flawless from there, and the Cubs pulled out their fifth straight win, tying their season-high winning streak.