Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Nationals 2 - May 20, 2021

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Nationals 2 – May 20, 2021

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Whoa boy, okay. A lot of thoughts today. First of all, that’s a good solid win from the Cubs with contributions up and down the lineup, in the bullpen, and even from the starter Trevor Williams after a so-so start. The win tilts the overall series in Chicago’s favor and brings the Cubs back over .500.

Williams outing didn’t start particularly well, with a back-to-back homers in the first, but he really settled in after that and managed to get through 4.2 innings without any more damage. At that point David Ross went to Justin Steele, who dominated for 1.1 innings, before being removed from the game with hamstring tightness after running the bases (that is a HUGE bummer, but something we covered earlier, so I’ll leave it there for now).

The rest of the bullpen was nails today, as they have been, with Ryan Tepera (1.0 IP, 3Ks), Andrew Chafin (1.0 IP), and Craig Kimbrel (1.0 IP, 1H, 3Ks) combining to allow just one baserunner over the final three innings.

Some other highlights include multi-hit games for Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, and Ian Happ, 10 hits overall for the Cubs, and a strike-em-out, throw-em-out combo from P.J. Higgins and Williams versus Juan Soto and Trea Turner that fired me up.
But the game ball, as it were, goes to Ian Happ (and not just because this is Michael writing the EBS today, not Brett).

Happ hit two homers today, first giving the Cubs the lead and later extending it. They were his 5th and 6th homer of the season and his fifth homer in seven games. His strikeout rate is still elevated, but Happ is now officially an above-average overall offensive contributor (104 wRC+). And with both Jason Heyward and Jake Marisnick on the IL, I’d say that turnaround is coming at exactly the right time.

Good day. Good win. Go Cubs.

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Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami