Cubs’ Justin Steele fanned 10 Marlins in 4 2⁄3 innings

Left handed By Justin Steele Wednesday’s scheduled start in St. Louis was postponed due to rain. Instead of pitching one end or the other of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, he zipped home for some extra shut-eye before taking the mound Friday in the Cubs’ 2-1 win over the Marlins at Wrigley Field. .

Good move for the boy who became a father for the first time on July 11. A little time with son Beau That was great, and did we mention the extra sleep?

“I don’t know who benefited me more,” he said after throwing 4⅔ scoreless innings and setting a career high with 10 strikeouts, “but they were both really good.”

Steele has a 1.74 ERA in his last six starts and has allowed one run or less in the last three. He said his four-seam fastball and slider combination was at its peak this season.

There’s no choice but to believe in the guy, considering he’s now one of only two Cubs pitchers with double-digit strikeouts in fewer than five innings. was the first. Bill Caudle In 1979 Even more impressive, Steele is only the second starter in major league history to strike out 10 in fewer than five innings. But you probably already knew these things.

At the very last minute

Second baseman Nick MadrigalPlaying in just his second game since June 10 after a lengthy return from a back injury, he had the Cubs’ first hit in the sixth inning and his second in the eighth inning. Wilson Contreras Go ahead and hit the home run.

“I know it’s only been two plays,” he said, “but so far I feel like I’ve been taking pitches that are borderline, and overall, the game seems pretty slow right now. . Hopefully I can keep it up.”

This and that

Outfielder Ian Happ Hit a ground-rule double into foul territory in the eighth, making him just the fourth switch hitter to hit at least 100 doubles as a Cub. He joins in. Don Kissinger, Augie Gillan And Walt Wilmotbut, again, you probably already knew that.

• Cubs pitchers have a 2.53 ERA over the last 16 games, the lowest in baseball over that span. That has to count for something, doesn’t it?

• Manager David Ross There was no positive update on the right hand side. Kyle Hendrixwho has been on the injured list since July 6 with a shoulder strain or outfielder. Jason Haywardwho has been on the injured list since June 27 with a knee strain.

Could one or both of them miss the rest of the season?

“I hope not, to be honest with you,” Ross said. “I know these guys work really hard, and they take pride in being out there with the guys.”

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