Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Cubs trail 3-1 in 3rd

Cubs trail 3-1 in 3rd

Indians 11, Twins 4: Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers, and Francisco Lindor added a two-run triple as Cleveland routed Minnesota. Real-life baseball doesn't always work out that way, but the Cubs are heading to Cincinnati to face the Reds, a team they dominated in 2016.

The Chicago Cubs (7-7) will be taking on the Milwaukee Brewers (8-7) in an NL Central matchup Wednesday afternoon.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2oGaS9Y) massive crowds of Cubs fans that gathered in Grant Park for the November rally left parts of the park along Lake Michigan unusable. "(I'm) not thinking about the swing or anything like that, which is where you need to be as a hitter".

Dodgers 4, Rockies 2 • Scott Van Slyke (John Burroughs Prep) homered and Enrique Hernandez had two hits, scored a run and drove in one to lift host Los Angles. "He's really rolling right now, he's feeling it and using the whole field hard", Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. For comparison, last season, this offense averaged 4.95 runs per game, the highest average in the Major League Baseball.

Athletics 9, Rangers 1 • Khris Davis hit his seventh homer of the season to key Oakland's romp at home. During the offseason, Chicago lost Chapman back to the Yankees, who signed him as a free agent to be their closer for the next five seasons.

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CUBS KEY TRENDS: The Cubs just got swept by the Pirates at home but they're still 36-16 in their last 52 games at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are scheduled to send right-hander Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 5.73 ERA) out for his third start of the season in the Wednesday series finale.

RHP Matt Garza (strained right groin) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class A Wisconsin on Monday night.

Justin Grimm (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth inning, and Carl Edwards and Hector Rondon followed with one shutout inning apiece. It was a second-inning solo shot off Brewers starter Tommy Milone. Heyward leads the team with a.283 average, which is a great sign after batting only.230 previous year, while pretty much being a non-factor in the playoffs. "They do a good job of not missing it".

As for Hendricks, the reigning ERA champ in baseball is at 6.19. Who are these Cubs one road trip, one homestand and 15 games into their title defense?

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