CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ and José Quintana are both locked-in right now, and that’s good news for the Chicago Cubs.
Happ hit his second career grand slam, Quintana tossed two-hit ball through seven innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Cubs ripped the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Wednesday.
Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer, Victor Caratini connected and Javier Báez kept up his latest hot streak with two hits and two RBIs as the Cubs responded with a rout of their own after Oakland pounded them 11-4 on Tuesday night. NL Central-leading Chicago took two of three from the A’s and won its fifth in six games.
Quintana (10-7) allowed one run, struck out seven and walked none. David Phelps and Pedro Strop each followed with a scoreless inning to wrap up a three-hitter.
Happ, recalled from Triple-A Iowa on July 26, went deep for second time in three games against Oakland as he made his first start at second base in nearly two years.
Báez was replaced at shortstop by David Bote in the eighth after fouling a pitch of his left leg in the seventh, but Maddon said the All-Star should be all right even if the ball “got him pretty good.”
Last year’s NL MVP runner-up, Báez is batting .478 with nine RBIs in a six-game hitting streak.
The Athletics got their only run off Quintana in the fourth when Marcus Semien led off with a double and scored on Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly. Oakland lost for just the third time in its last 10.
A’s starter Homer Bailey (9-8) set down nine of the first 10 hitters before Chicago scored five runs in the fourth. The right-hander yielded seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in his fifth start since arriving in a arriving in a trade from Kansas City on July 14.
Cubs land Lucroy
After the game, Joe Maddon said the Cubs signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The 10-year-veteran and two-time All-Star is expected to join the team in Cincinnati on Thursday.
The 33-year-old will pair with Caratini behind the plate to help plug a gap created when All-Star Willson Contreras suffered a right hamstring strain on Saturday.