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Patrick Wisdom and Miles Mastrobuoni can thank their Cubs teammate for breakthrough games

11 months agoTony Andracki

The jokes came easy for the Cubs after Tuesday night’s monster 17-3 win over the Nationals.

As David Ross said, “everybody feels good going home tonight.”

After his start Tuesday night, Jameson Taillon was asked about his extended layoff (11 days between starts) and immediately spun it into a joke about helping his teammates put together an offensive explosion.

“I thought we did a pretty good job in between the starts of having a plan,” Taillon said. “I threw a sim game Friday to [Patrick] Wisdom and [Miles] Mastrobuoni. I might’ve locked them in a little bit. They’ve been hot ever since.”

Wisdom and Mastrobuoni hit 8th and 9th in the Cubs order Tuesday night (with Mastrobuoni getting the start at second base after Christopher Morel was scratched with neck tightness).

Wisdom homered for the second straight game and also singled, walked and scored 2 runs.

Mastrobuoni notched his first career 3-hit game, scored twice and drove in a run.

“Yeah, for sure, [he helped me get locked in],” a smiling Wisdom said. “I definitely felt better, but not so much better after facing him. I was questioning things like, ‘dang, why did I swing at that?’

“It was nice to go and compete against your teammate and hopefully I gave him some good feedback of being in the box. It’s always fun.”

All three players have been slumping for a chunk of the season but are hoping to lock it in as the summer heats up.

“Definitely good game to build off, right?” Mastrobuoni said. “Just continuing to get reps, show up to the field, ready to work. I do believe that things will change if you show up everyday with that mindset ready to work. I just try to do that and I believe this thing’s gonna change for sure.”

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