Chicago Cubs notes: Keegan Thompson’s stuff dazzles in return, while Esteban Quiroz’s 1st start is worth the wait

A month layoff didn’t appear to faze Keegan Thompson or the quality of his stuff.

Hours after the Chicago Cubs activated the right-hander from the 15-day injured list, Thompson tossed three scoreless innings and struck out six to secure a 4-3 win against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park. The Cubs rallied on Patrick Wisdom’s solo homer in the seventh and three runs without a hit in the eighth.

Thompson felt he was moving too quickly when facing the first batter of each inning but was able to settle down and get in a rhythm.

“It was nice to come out there and show that they had the confidence to go out there and that I can finish it,” Thompson said. “It’s just nice to finish the year and finish strong and not finish on the IL, go out there and keep throwing and give us a chance to win.”

Thompson was out with low back tightness and will be used out of the bullpen, where he looks to finish strong the next two weeks. In 104⅓ innings entering Wednesday, Thompson owned a 3.97 ERA, 1.313 WHIP, 2.46 strikeout-to-walk rate and a 104 ERA+ through 25 games (17 starts).

“You never know with having some time off how it’s going to react,” manager David Ross said. “Not a lot of pressure early on in the outing, and he settled in. … I thought he settled in nicely once he got his groove and then to close it out right there. Never saw him flinch. He looked like the guy we’ve seen have a lot of success all year.”

Rookie reliever Jeremiah Estrada, whom the Cubs optioned to Triple-A Iowa before Wednesday’s series finale as the corresponding move for Thompson, left a strong impression in his last outing.

The 23-year-old right-hander walked the first batter he faced Monday …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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