2017 Cubs victories revisited, July 19: Cubs 8, Braves 2

This was the Mike Montgomery show.

The Cubs completed their second consecutive sweep and won their sixth straight behind the arm and bat of lefthander Mike Montgomery. They were 49-45 and now just 1½ games behind the Brewers in the N.L. Central.

Figures, right?

Just when I get finished saying Mike Montgomery can serve the Cubs best in the bullpen, he puts together an outstanding six-inning outing. He allowed just one run on two hits with five strikeouts as the Cubs completed their sweep of the Braves and won their sixth consecutive game, 8-2. The six straight wins is a season high.

Oh, yes. Montgomery added to his excellent pitching by hitting a home run [VIDEO].

To say that Montgomery is a bad hitter is being charitable. Coming into this game he was 1-for-27 in his career with 14 strikeouts. Look at the photo at the top of this post: He seems utterly shocked that he hit a baseball this far:

— Cubs Exit Velocity (@cubsexitvelo) July 19, 2017

393 feet at 100 miles per hour? MiMo, you done good.

Beyond that surprising hit, Montgomery had all his pitches working well in this outing. …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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