Tuesday night's win was surrounded by a lot of hype. Naturally, the Christopher Morel pinch-hit home run was epic for the Chicago Cubs and the fans in attendance. Nonetheless, let's not forget how dominant LHP Brandon Hughes was in his 1.2 innings of work in the 7-0 win.
Hughes relieved LHP Daniel Norris in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game. After recording an out and throwing two balls to the next batter, Norris left due to an apparent injury. However, Hughes came in a dazzled in his MLB debut, striking out five batters and only walking one.
One major point that fans should realize with Hughes' debut is that the Cubs have arms and they are coming through the system. There are a number of bullpen pieces at Triple-A Iowa that might make an impact this season. Ethan Roberts has already pitched at the big league level, Hughes had a dazzling debut, and there are more arms such as Ben Leeper coming up the ranks. The Cubs' pitching lab is paying off and there will continue to be more electric arms coming down the pipeline.
What's On Tap Next?
After last night's epic win, the Cubs and Pirates do battle in the series finale on Wednesday. The Cubs look for their fifth straight win and the sweep. LHP Drew Smyly takes the bump for Chicago at 6:40 p.m. with Pittsburgh's starter still in flux.