04 August, 2017
The veteran left-hander accomplished two major milestones tonight, eclipsing 2,000 strikeouts and hitting his first career big-league home run. "We found a way to do that".
It was an evening of unusual occurrences, as the Cubs' offense exploded in their 14th win in 17 games since the All-Star break, but Lester couldn't get a victory himself in only going four-plus inning. He gave up four first inning runs as the Cubs trailed the Diamondbacks early in the contest.
"For Jake, that might have been his best all year", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm not downplaying it, but I'd rather take the win over that". When my career is all said and done, I will be able to enjoy everything and go back over it again.
"He's so consistent, he's so professional, every approach is the same, and sometimes it doesn't work out", Lovullo said of Goldschmidt. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 6-9 with a 4.16 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season.
Cubs: Javier Baez was back in the lineup at shortstop.
The NL Central leaders rapped out 17 hits in their highest-scoring game of the season and stayed 21/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee. The Diamondbacks have scored seven runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games.
Greinke allowed six runs in six innings, while Quintana yielded six runs in five innings. RHP Randall Delgado (right elbow) threw from 75 feet Wednesday and will resume his rehab protocol on Friday. Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas (groin tendinitis) is initiating baserunning activities and has been hitting and throwing.
Godley, who also tossed seven shutout innings in his previous outing July 27 against the Cardinals, was pulled for a pinch hitter with two outs in the top of the seventh. That first at-bat (of the game) by (David) Peralta was outstanding.