Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Diamondbacks 3 - August 11, 2017

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Diamondbacks 3 – August 11, 2017

Chicago Cubs

Needed that.

After an ugly series loss in San Francisco, and the news that Willson Contreras will be out for at least four to six weeks with a strained hamstring, that was a game you went into with a lot of hope. Hope that the Cubs would respond in a way that gives you confidence for the rest of the season, in spite of the struggles (and the ever-charging Cardinals, who’ve won seven in a row).

I don’t think the game could have gone much better in that regard.

Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker was wild from the get-go, and the Cubs graciously accepted two early, free runs, before ultimately building up a 5-2 lead at one point. Paul Goldschmidt got the D-Backs to within two with a homer, because of course, but the Cubs plated three in the 8th to put things away.

John Lackey had good stuff working, and once again gave the Cubs a perfectly solid 5th starter start. The bullpen allowed some baserunners, but not any runs.

Good offensive nights all around, but the back-to-back homers from Kyle Schwarber and Alex Avila really had me feeling good about where the offensive can go even after the loss of Contreras …

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