WRIGLEY FIELD – After 20 straight games dating back to August 22nd, there was a much needed day off for the Cubs on Monday after being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers this past weekend. “It felt great to not do anything. It doesn’t matter how you feel the day before…any off day feels great especially now in September and in the middle of some stressful baseball,” says Cubs 3rd baseman Kris Bryant.
KB let off some of that stress with a 3 run HR (#26) to lead the charge in Tuesday nights 8-3 win over the NY Mets at Wrigley. “It’s nice to win a game after 3 not so good games'” he said. Bryant takes a lot of walks but the Cubs will need a better average from Bryant with runners in scoring position (.212) down the stretch. His rbi total (62) is down considerably versus this time last year (93). He’s the reigning MVP and through this years ups & downs, he’s held his head high. “You kind of enjoy the ups and downs in this game, because when you’re in a down spot and come out of it, it just feels so much better. It’s important to realize that.”
Kyle Schwarber had a good day at the plate. He was 3-3 with a solo HR (#26) and 2 runs scored. Ian Happ hit a solo bomb (#22) and Ben Zobrist was 2-3 with an rbi.
Winning pitcher Jose Quintana helped himself with an rbi bunt single in the 4th to tie the game at 1. “It’s really important for me because I know sometimes my at bats can change the game you know. I tired to make a good safety squeeze and it worked really good,” Q said.