OSS: All the double plays!
- The Cubs defense turned seven double plays in this one, which tied a MLB record, including one to end the game. Six were on the ground, and the Cubs also got a lineout DP to end the eighth. They have an okay defense this year, I guess. It must have been stupid frustrating for the Pirates.
- Cole Hamels had another great start, giving the Cubs seven shutout innings (and inducing five DPs). He allowed five hits and two walks, though only struck out 3 this time around. His updated line as a Cub is 4 GS, 25 IP, 16 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 23 SO, good for an ERA of 0.72.
- Kyle Schwarber was the one providing all of the offense today, hitting a solo shot to RF that would be all the Cubs needed.
- It would have been a two-run shot if Rizzo weren’t doubled off of first on a Baez liner one batter before War Bear’s HR.
- The Cubs were adventurous on the basepaths today and that wasn’t the only TOOTBLAN. Happ was thrown out trying to steal third base in the eighth inning.
- The Pirates gave the Cubs plenty of opportunities to score, adding three fielding errors on top of the Cubs six hits and three walks but they could never really get things going. Something tells me they will need more than one run to win on Saturday.
Next up: Tyler Chatwood fills in for Monty. He will face Joe Musgrove at 6:05 PM CT. Something tells me this will not be the third straight 1-0 game, though I would not be surprised to see a line like 4 IP, 1 R, 7 BB, 5 K for Chatwood.