The Cubs won their third in a row, and we’ll call that a winning streak, folks.
With family in attendance, including his lifelong Cubs fan dad, Trevor Williams made his debut with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. And was pretty darn magical as far as these things go, with Williams going five perfect innings to kick things off, and then getting through six scoreless with a little double play action when the bases were loaded and things were getting a little scary in the 6th.
Father and son.
Trevor Williams and his Dad, Richard, react to that inning-ending double play. pic.twitter.com/EbrgNC5yeV
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Williams was permitted to come back out for the 7th, which was fine by the pitch count (around 80 at the time), but a threw a non-competitive four-pitch walk to Christian Yelich to lead off the inning, and then Avi Garcia ripped a single to left, which ended his night. Unfortunately Jason Adam came in and gave up a three-run homer to Omar Narvaez (after a would-be double play ball that David Bote couldn’t handle), which not only tabbed Williams with a couple runs, but also cut the Cubs’ four-run lead to just one. Not what you want to see from Adam when he’s in the bullpen to be a guy who can come in and get strikeouts in those tight spots.
Otherwise, though, the pitching was great tonight. Can’t say it too much.
The Cubs’ power showed up in this one, with homers from Willson Contreras, Javy Báez, and David Bote, which gave them their first four runs. The Cubs pulled off a miracle and scored a run off of Devin Williams (he allowed one earned run ALL of last year) to give themselves a 5-3 buffer heading into the 8th, which was all they needed thanks to part-time closer Alec Mills … and this guy: