OUT LOUD

“I know how hard hitting is, judging from my batting average. I just try to throw it and hope they hit it at somebody.”

— Cubs catcher David Ross, 38, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, then hit a home run in the bottom of the inning in an 11-5 Phillies blowout.

 

GAME OF NUMBERS

.152: Collective batting average of Cubs All-Stars Kris Bryant (6-for-40) and Anthony Rizzo (6-for-39) since the break.

 

351: Runs for Tampa Bay through 100 games, the lowest total at this point of a season in club history.

 

5: Runs scored by Milwaukee in dropping three of four games to Arizona.

 

AL CENTRAL WATCH

Carlos Sanchez, 2B, White Sox

He hit his first major league home run Saturday, then went 3-for-4 and hit his second big-league homer, a 412-foot drive to center field, in a victory that gave the White Sox a four-game sweep in Cleveland, where they had been 4-16 since 2013 entering the weekend.