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Cubs batters use whole field for 14 hits in beating Cardinals 8-5



For all the high-tech benefits that the Cubs seek to master, it was a back-to-base approach with an extra spark at the top of the Order that at least temporarily wiped them out of an offensive radio. [19659002] "Keep your starting angle," said manager Joe Maddon after a 14-hit attack and a 5-for-9 performance with runners in the standings producing a 8-5 victory over the Cardinals in cool, but sunny Wrigley Field. Give me good at-bats, these are really good at-bats.

"I promise you – if these guys stay on the same path, the balls will still walk out of the park at the pace, in which they are able to. Not a high speed, but the speed at which they are capable. So you see better situational hits, higher average scores, percentages on the base ̵

1; all that stuff. I loved our approach.

With Ben Zobrist, who had a stiff lower back and Ian Happ, who improved coach Chili Davis from the left, Maddon was delighted with an ingenious line-up with Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez, 1st and 2nd [19659004] Almora threw an RBI single to the right during a 4-run second innings – one of seven opposing field beats the Cubs produced, hitting .191 with runners in the standings that entered the game on Thursday. [19659002] It was Baez who finished second for the first time since 2016, who provided the "energy" Maddon sought at the top with a triple and a single – both right-field – in his first two at-bats, the Cubs take a 6-1 lead after two innings.

Maddon, who said that Baez, like Manny Ramirez, could once learn not to chop down and chase down sliders, was still reserved in assessing whether the general free-swinging Baez regularly comes in second place

"If he has to feed better sticks, he can not swing all the time," Maddon said. "This (approach) is better for a lower ranked order."

But Maddon could not deny the spark and base-running skills Baez could beat before Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

Baez beats 14 this season, 11 have gone for extra bases. And during this abbreviated seven-game home stand, Baez went 10 to 29 (.345) with five home runs.

"I was not upset because I hit the second stroke," Baez said. "But that's one of my goals for landing (high) in the lineup, I feel great, I still see the ball well, I've been chasing a few pitches, but I've taken good ABs."

Kyle Schwarzer, who has six RBIs in his last six games, did not mind backing Baez.

"I always feel it's us I'm talking about Javy Baez, and I will not get tired of it," said Schwarber.

Each start player of the Cubs had at least one hit. Jason Heyward started the four-rally with a counter-field single left, beating a two-run homer in the fifth, who scored four in the seventh off-reliever Eddie Butler before the Cardinals.

"We take what we are given, and if it works, it works," said Heyward.

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