Jason Hammel continues to roll, sparks Cubs to victory

Jason Hammel continues to roll, sparks Cubs to victory
June 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

Jason Hammel may not be in Chicago for long, but he's certainly done enough to endear himself to Cubs fans.

The lanky right-hander received a standing ovation from the Wrigley crowd of 30,683 Friday as he came out of the game in the seventh inning of a 7-2 Cubs victory over the Nationals.

Hammel picked up his seventh win by tossing his 11th quality start, allowing two hits on five hits and a walk in 6.1 innings, striking out six. He lowered his season ERA to 2.98 and sports a 1.01 WHIP.

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The 31-year-old figures to be moved by the trade deadline and his starts in Chicago may be numbered. After Friday's performance, he now has a 2.35 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in seven Wrigley Field starts this year.

Light-hitting backup catcher John Baker provided most of the offense for his battery mate, collecting three hits and driving in four runs. The big blow came in the bottom of the seventh, when Baker drilled a bases-loaded, two-out double down the right field line, giving the Cubs a trio of insurance runs.

On the afternoon, the Cubs totaled 13 hits, including two each from outfielders Justin Ruggiano, Ryan Sweeney and Chris Coghlan.

Brian Schlitter, Wesley Wright and Justin Grimm sewed up the game for Hammel in relief.

The Cubs and Nationals play a schedule doubleheader Saturday to close out the series.