- Dexter Fowler finally had a good game this series, scoring both off a leadoff double and a meaningless late HR, the Cubs first of the series.
- Rizzo also had a good day at the plate, knocking in Fowler in the first and doubling to lead off the sixth as one of the Cubs roughly 891 runners stranded in this series. He was also hit by a pitch in the third in one of the Cubs other failed rallies.
- Not many other positives in this game. Vince Vaughn didn’t embarrass himself on the stretch, so there’s that. I don’t envy anyone having to try to pump up that crowd at that moment.
- Cleveland’s next two pitchers suck and are on short rest, so there’s still a nontrivial chance this series goes seven.
I can’t even bother to pick out individual people here, the Cubs pretty much failed at every aspect of the game tonight.
- Offense: awful, even when they got good contact it always seemed like it was right at someone. The Cubs BABIP with RISP this series has to be something like .037.
- Defense: two errors in one inning, one wild pitch (I could swear there were more), Montgomery throwing to the wrong base
- Pitching: Lackey looked good for about three batters, then turned back into the Lackey we saw earlier in these playoffs after the strike zone got in his head. The Cubs sixth best reliever was on the mound to let this game get out of hand.
- Management: What a fucking clusterfuck. Lackey probably should have been out of the game when he came up in the third, Travis Wood faced about five more batters than he should in a playoff game, Jason Heyward got key at bats against an unstoppable LHP. Kyle Schwarber watched the whole game from the bench.
Next up: Jon Lester faces off with Trevor Bauer tomorrow night. I’m too tired and annoyed to think of a Gungan joke here, so pretend I said something witty. Or don’t. I can’t tell you what to do.