His players responded to that challenge.
Jose Quintana and the Cubs bats completed the sweep with an 8-0 win over the Orioles. Wade said, "There's a lot of good players on that team who will probably be All-Stars after the second half, that type of deal". "We hit the ball all over the place. I'm really happy. I think it was the best situation for me".
The Orioles slugger returns to action batting.226 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs as he returns to first base Friday night against the Cubs with rising star Trey Mancini returning to the outfield.
PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 2 Rookie Nick Williams hit his first career grand slam - on lefty reliever Tyler Webb's first pitch since he was acquired Thursday from the Yankees for minor league first baseman Garrett Cooper.
"The bullpen did another good job", Showalter said.
"It obviously just gives us that extra confidence, " Bryant said of adding Quintana, an All-Star last season, to the rotation after a disappointing first half. "We're trying to be at the top". The Cubs have slugged eight home runs in the first two contests, which doesn't bode well for Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Quintana, whose 95 quality starts since the beginning of 2013 ranked second in the American League when the Cubs traded for him, also ranked second in the AL during that span in worst run support (3.95 runs per nine innings).
As for the guys who will play the remainder of the team's 2017 schedule, they have to continue to go about their business knowing that Quintana won't be coming back - and that others are likely to follow him out the door.
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"The outcomes (this weekend) didn't go the way we wanted to".
MARINERS 7, WHITE SOX 6 (11) Nelson Cruz homered on a 3-0 pitch from Chris Beck (1-1) leading off the 10th inning, his 19th home run this season, as visiting Seattle overcame a 5-0 deficit and won its fourth consecutive.
"It's frustrating", Gausman said. "Things are going to change, can't get caught up in that kind of stuff". The Cubs hit four of those homers and scored eight runs in the first three innings. Chicago blew up for 27 runs in the three games. Cubs lead 6-0.
The Cubs were playing at Camden Yards for the first time since June 12, 2003.
A PADRES 7, GIANTS 1: Hector Sanchez and Corey Spangenberg each hit a three-run homer as San Diego won at home.
Jose Quintana will make his Cubs debut after being traded from the White Sox.
Orioles: OF Craig Gentry cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. INF Ryan Flaherty (right shoulder inflammation) could begin a rehab assignment by the end of next week.
This will be the fourth-ever series between these teams, and just the Cubs' second trip to Baltimore. James Shields gave up four runs and watched his ERA balloon to 5.10 in Friday's loss.