Bryant, Weather on Display at Wrigley

Sky over Wrigley Field

Sky over Wrigley Field

Kris Bryant hit two homers in a game for the first time in his MLB career, driving in 3 runs as the Chicago Cubs defeated Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2.

Bryant broke an 0-for-15 streak, taking a 73 mph hanging curveball from Kershaw to opposite field for his first homer. His second homer was crushed to left field on a 93 mph fastball from a Dodger reliever.

Jason Motte picked up the save on his birthday – his 2nd of the year. (Save. Not birthday.)

But the big story may have been the weather. Tornadoes touched down south of Chicago, and the skies over Wrigley Field were pretty outstanding, as evidenced in the picture above. Here’s another.

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Game Highlights from MLB.com

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I see Yadier Molina has snuck into the division’s leader boards for batting average (see below). Since May 5th, when he was hitting just .231, Molina has batted .329 in 42 games.

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Standings

W L GB Strk
St. Louis Cardinals 45 24 L1
Pittsburgh Pirates 39 30 6.0 L3
Chicago Cubs 38 30 6.5 W3
Cincinnati Reds 32 36 12.5 W1
Milwaukee Brewers 25 46 21.0 L2

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Schedule

32-36 REDS Smith (NR)
39-30 PIRATES Locke (4-3, 4.74)
6:05 PM CT
45-24 CARDINALS TBD
30-41 Marlins TBD
6:10 PM CT
39-32 Dodgers Greinke (5-2, 1.81)
38-30 CUBS Hammel (5-2, 2.89)
7:05 PM CT
36-35 Mets Niese (3-7, 4.21)
25-46 BREWERS Fiers (3-7, 4.50)
7:10 PM CT

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NL Central Leaders

AVG
Jhonny Peralta (STL) .311
Anthony Rizzo (CHC) .308
Matt Holliday (STL) .303
Joey Votto (CIN) .296
Yadier Molina (STL) .295
ERA
Gerrit Cole (PIT) 1.78
A.J. Burnett (PIT) 2.05
Carlos Martinez (STL) 2.80
Michael Wacha (STL) 2.85
Jason Hammel (CHC) 2.89
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