OSS: Just what one would expect after seventeen runs were scored on Monday.
- Kyle Hendricks looked rocky/bad early, adding fuel to the fire of speculation about his velocity and hard hit rate. But then he settled down over the last few innings and showed flashes of the Cyle we remember from last season. His final line was 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K.
- Gerrit Cole had the Cubs on the ropes all night, and Addison Russell had the only particularly hard hit ball against him when he doubled in the second. He came around to score on an error for the only run by either team in the game.
- The Pirates only real threat in the late innings was a leadoff double by John Jaso against Koji Uehara in the seventh. After Jaso moved to third on a flyout Uehara struck out Alen Hanson to end the sac fly threat, which was the Cubs biggest play of the game by WPA.
- When you have just two hits and walks in a ballgame and only score on a ROE, it's hard to single out any particular players. Ben Zobrist was the WPA trailer on the day, but no one play sticks out.
- Gerrit Cole is a pretty good pitcher, but if it weren't for the need to pinch hit for him given the close game he probably could have thrown fifteen innings.
- I hate listening to the radio broadcast of games at PNC, because there is really annoying crowd noise from some group of fans that has been going on for the past few years. I think they're woo-ing or something, but not in the Ronnie Woo Woo sense.
Next up: The Cubs look to return the favor by sweeping the Pirates at home. Jake takes on Tyler Glasnow at 6 pm CT.