Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ Baltimore

Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ Baltimore

Is it too soon to say the Cubs won the Jose Quintana trade?

Jose Quintana made a sensational debut for the Chicago Cubs, who beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 on Sunday to open the second half of the season with a three-game sweep.

The Cubs (44-45) got homers from Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber in the first inning for a quick 4-0 lead on Friday. "But after a couple of throws, I threw everything out and just focused on my game".

OUR PREDICTION: Following their victory on Saturday, the Cubs are 5-0 in their last five games versus the Orioles and have won four of their last five games in Baltimore. "I've always liked his body of work", Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. "Everybody else saw it". Per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, his strikeouts total tied Matt Garza for the most in a Cubs debut.

One night after the Orioles compiled eight runs on 10 hits, they managed only four hits against Arrieta. That trade should give the Cubs' starting rotation a jolt, and Quintana will be with Chicago through at least 2020.

Quintana has a 1-5 career record with a 4.65 ERA against the Orioles. They have a lot of good pieces. "We were not up to the challenge".

Quintana retired nine consecutive batters until Adam Jones led off the fourth with a double. It marked the third time this season that the left-hander has struck out 10 or more batters and the 10th time of his career. There was no walks. There were no walks, no bad counts.

Caleb Joseph drove in two of Baltimore's runs with a homer and an RBI single. He also stole a base and scored a run.

A two-run home run by Bryant, his 19th, boosted the margin to 6-0 in the fourth. "Unfortunately, they got started here". Later, with no outs in the ninth inning, Rizzo belted his 22nd homer into the center-field seats.

"Under the circumstances of how that game was played tonight, it was really good to finish it off", Maddon said.

This will be the fourth-ever series between these teams, and just the Cubs' second trip to Baltimore. Chicago is 6-3 against the Orioles all-time.

Magneuris Sierra is just 21 years old but that has not stopped him from feeling right at home in the majors in his rookie season. In the Cubs' three-game sweep, the Orioles' starters combined to allow 21 runs, 27 hits and seven home runs in 11⅓ innings.

Miley walked the next two hitters before Almora added an RBI single to center that put the Cubs up 3-0.

- Shortstop J.J. Hardy's cracked rib has healed, Showalter said. Trevor Cahill (4-3) allowed 1 run and 8 hits in 6 2/3 innings for the host Padres.

He got the victory July 9 versus the Twins in an 11-5 game but allowed four runs on four hits in five innings. The Rangers will counter with RHP Andrew Cashner (4-7, 3.54).

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