The Chicago Cubs got on a plane for the first time in ten days to travel to the Motor City to begin a three game set with the Tigers in Comerica Park. Alec Mills took the ball for the Cubs following a rough start last time out, and the Tigers sent their top pitching prospect, Casey Mize. How did it go?
Mills took advantage of the free-swinging Tigers while Mize had command issues that led to a bumpy ride, allowing 2 walks and 5 hits, including a mammoth home run by David Bote, as the Cubs win the first game of the series by a margin of 9-3.
Let’s get to this:
Bote. aside from his 455 foot blast, which Detroit left fielder Christin Stewart could only turn and admire, he also had an RBI single and a two-run single.
The Return of Good Javy. El Mago rang up three hits, including two home runs. Yeah, he also had a TOOTBLAN, getting hung up between third and home, but a pair of dongs and 3 RBI can cover all manner of ills.
Mills. He gave the Cubs seven innings on 94 pitches, and the closest thing to a blemish was a tough third inning where he loaded the bases with no outs, and got out of it allowing a run. He also gave up a two-run home run in the 7th, but struck out 7, and 2/3 of his pitches were strikes. Good on him.
Jason Heyward. A pair of doubles to left field. When Heyward takes pitches the other way, good things happen.
You know what? I can’t even rag on Detroit. I love that weird-ass town. Where else can you travel south to get to Canada, get surprisingly good pizza, and see a giant tire on the highway? Besides, just outside Detroit is the town of Ypsilanti, which has one of the greatest buildings known to man, their water tower.
Tomorrow the Cubs square off with these Tigers again, with Tyler Chatwood making his first start after coming off the injured list.