Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 1 – July 16, 2021

Sometimes it just takes the right opponent, eh? The Cubs came out of the break clicking, with Kyle Hendricks continuing to cruise, Anthony Rizzo and Javy Báez with big games, plus Patrick Wisdom and Jason Heyward homering.

THE bullpen trio of Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, and Craig Kimbrel were all outstanding, and the game was never really close to being in doubt once the Cubs went up four. I suppose if you wanted to claim a tight spot, you could point to the 7th, when Ryan Tepera twice got close called strike threes on a 3-2 count, eventually stranding two on base.

The only Cubs position player not to reach base in the game was Kris Bryant, who was 0-4 with a couple strikeouts. Shaking off that All-Star Game, I guess.

Full box score.

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