Cubs record: 14-5 (1st in the NL Central)
W: Jason Hammel (3-0, 0.75)
L: Alfredo Simon (0-2, 16.39)
MVP: Tommy La Stella
Any concerns over the Cubs feeling a bit of a hangover effect from Saturday night’s lopsided loss were quickly put to bed as the Chicago offense jumped all over Reds starter Alfredo Simon in the final game of the series Sunday at Cincinnati.
By the time he was pulled after 2 2/3 innings, the Cubs had pounded out nine hits and put eight runs on the board against The Big Pasta (yes, that is Simon’s actual nickname). That proved to be more than adequate for Jason Hammel, who gave up just three hits and struck out seven over six shutout innings.
How fun is this team to watch? On a day in which Joe Maddon gave Dexter Fowler and Ben Zobrist a breather, the offense simply didn’t skip a beat. While the Cubs didn’t knock Simon out of the game quite as quickly as the last time these two teams faced off, they still beat him like a rented mule (is that still a relevant saying?), as even the outs were well struck.
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Source:: Cubs Insider