Somehow, the Chicago Cubs needed to discover a strategy to reverse the alarming pattern during the last 10 days throughout their slide down the wild-card standings.
Manager David Ross thought the offense simply wanted one thing to show their fortunes.
“It really feels like we haven’t gotten that big double in the gap or the three-run homer,” Ross stated Tuesday earlier than the collection opener with the Pittsburgh Pirates. “It feels like things aren’t going our way and someone will make it turn, one player step up and get a big knock in a big situation and guys will take a deep breath and we’ll get back on this roll that we’ve been on for a pretty good while now before that last road trip.”
Dansby Swanson set the tone two batters into the underside of the primary inning Tuesday. He slugged an 0-2 elevated fastball into the middle area basket for a two-run dwelling run, one in all 4 the Cubs hit of their 14-1 blowout win at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs (79-72) ended their five-game dropping streak that had tied their season-high by leaping on a Pirates pitching employees they’ve feasted on this 12 months. They have recorded 5 10-plus run video games towards the Pirates, the primary time the Cubs have achieved the feat since 2019, additionally versus Pittsburgh.
An eight-run eighth inning allowed Ross to empty the bench and let 12 completely different batters report a plate look within the body.
“We’ve been scrapping for runs and pressing with guys in scoring position or runners on third less than three outs and just haven’t done what we need to do, and getting everybody a little bit of a positive boost being back home, the environment here is always good,” Ross stated afterward.
Alexander Canario’s first major-league begin changed into an unforgettable evening for the 23-year-old. Slotted into the No. 9 spot because the designated hitter, Canario recorded his first big-league hit on an RBI double within the sixth inning to increase the Cubs’ lead, 6-1.
He one-upped the second in his subsequent at-bat, sending a two-strike slider to left-center area for a grand slam and his first MLB dwelling run within the eighth inning to blow the sport open. Starting pitcher Javier Assad, who allowed one run in 5 innings, heard teammates Christopher Morel and Miguel Amaya predict Canario’s homer earlier than the at-bat.
“It’s surreal, I really have no words,” Canario stated by way of an interpreter. “Just to think back in January I was in a (medical) boot and I was on a scooter to move around and now I hit a grand slam in the big leagues. It’s just a surreal moment.”
Coming into Tuesday, Canario had recorded only one at-bat — a pinch-hit alternative Sept. 6 — for the reason that Cubs known as him up Sept. 1 as a part of expanded rosters.
“It was difficult, I will admit it and I’ll also admit that I did want to play being up here, but I was just waiting for the opportunity and kept myself mentally calm and mentally ready, doing my routines,” Canario stated. “… I knew the team was going to eventually give me my opportunity.”
Canario turned the second Cub since 2000 (Taylor Davis on May 4, 2019) to hit a grand slam for his first big-league dwelling run.
“It’s part of working your way up as a young guy,” Ross stated. “You’ve got to prove yourself or wait your turn sometimes. It happens to everybody, only the greats ever get to come in and really establish himself and play right away. His future is bright ahead of him.”