Wade Davis sets new Cubs franchise record for consecutive saves

Ruben Hill
August 30, 2017

Williams took two consecutive losses before getting a no-decision while pitching eight scoreless innings in his latest outing, a 1-0 Pirates victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Strop worked one inning, and Brian Duensing closed the eighth. The left-hander was pulled after Jordy Mercer snapped his 171/3-inning scoreless streak with a leadoff homer in the eighth.

"He wasn't on top of his game completely, and he knew that", manager Joe Maddon said. "I think what you saw tonight is typical of what he's capable of doing over a long period of time".

Montgomery says he will do whatever the Cubs want.

"They made it hard, but I was able to make some quality pitches when I needed to". "My focus is towards keeping myself physically ready to go and mentally ready to go for the next month".

The Cubs added three more in the eighth on Alex Avila's bases-loaded infield single and errors on second baseman Sean Rodriguez and catcher Chris Stewart.

The victory was the second straight and third in four games for the NL Central-leading Cubs (71-60), who pushed the Pirates (63-70) nine games out of the division lead.

The first inning has given Trevor Williams some problems in his starts this season (7.65 ERA), but he has usually settled down after that (3.56). Williams is now 1-2 in his career against Chicago, all this year.

On Monday morning, the fourth-place Pirates woke up in the Second City seven games behind the first-place Cubs with precisely seven games left to play against them in an 11-day span.

Montgomery is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in his past two starts.

Rizzo went 3-for-4 while Zobrist and Heyward had two hits apiece.

Mercer went 3-for-3 for the Pirates, and David Freese finished 2-for-4. Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with 133 hits and 94 RBI while Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have combined for 232 hits and 119 RBI.

Right-hander A.J. Schugel entered, and the Cubs quickly made it 3-0 as Jason Heyward's sacrifice to left brought in Rizzo from third.

Mike Montgomery has been one of the toughest southpaws to get a hit off since the All-Star break. After Tommy LaStella was intentionally walked to load the bases, Avila singled to score Schwarber.

"I feel confident that even if I don't have my good stuff, or if I'm without two pitches, the two pitches I have are more than enough to get the job done", he said.

"Regardless of where I am in the count, I feel like I can execute the next pitch and get weak contact or get back in counts".

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