How it happened: Arismendy Alcantara broke up a scoreless game in the fifth with his fourth home run of the season. One inning later Chris Coghlan and Anthony Rizzo each doubled to make it 2-0 Cubs, but the story of the day was former Orioles farmhand Tsuyoshi Wada. He gave up just one hit -- it came in the seventh inning -- a Steve Pearce solo home run. Between walking Adam Jones in the first and the Pearce hit, Wada retired 16 in a row. He struck out a career high eight batters and gave up very little hard contact. Relievers Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon locked down the win for Wada, who is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA since coming up from Triple-A Iowa.
What it means: Over the three games against the Orioles, former Baltimore employees now pitching for the Cubs totaled 15.1 innings while giving up just six hits, three walks and two runs. Jake Arrieta, Strop and Wada showed their old team what they’re missing.
Though the Cubs are still in rebuilding mode, this August has been much different than last. Both featured change to the roster due to trades, but the Cubs were 8-20 last year during this month while they’re already 13-10 this time around. It's further proof their young prospect base is talented and starting to learn how to win games, as evidenced by a sweep of the first-place team in the AL East. That’s not an easy accomplishment.
What’s next: The Cubs get the day off on Monday before starting a seven-game road trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis. Game 1 on Tuesday features Travis Wood (7-11, 4.91) taking on Johnny Cueto (15-7, 2.20)