OSS: Chase Anderson no-hits the Cubs into the eighth inning, nearly completes the shutout.
- Jason Heyward is still a member of the No Homers Club, but he picked up his first one in the ninth today. Now that that monkey is off his back* maybe we’ll see more power out of him.
- Kris Bryant went back to back with Heyward in the Cubs ninth inning teaser rally.
- Kyle Hendricks looked pretty good for the first five innings, allowing just one walk and two hits, one of which was an infield single that could have gone either way. The other was a Lucroy HR that was so long that it might have landed in Detroit. Still, I can’t really fault Maddon for letting him hit in the fifth and sending him out in the sixth, where it all fell apart. This felt more like a “shit happens” instead of an obvious mistake, though I might be in the minority in this one.
- Since Ron Coomer sprained both wrists tipping his cap to Anderson in this game, I’ll jump in and tip it for him again. Anderson didn’t get the no-hitter or the shutout, but somehow still managed to drop his HR/9 on the season despite giving up two bombs.
- Pretty much the whole offense had a lousy day, which is what usually happens when you’re nearly no-hit. Dex was the ‘leader’ in negative WPA, mostly due to striking out to end an inning in one of the Cubs rare runner in scoring position situations.
- Unrelated to this game, but there are rumors of mass fish die-offs in the Ohio River. Early analysis seems to point to large amounts of salt in and around Pittsburgh’s locker room and the Cincy press box leaking into the water table.
Next up: Lackey v Nelson, 7:10 PM CT
*I can’t wait to eat that monkey