OSS: The Cubs treated the Cleveland pitching staff like it was game 6 of the World Series.
- Kyle Schwarber had a big day, hitting a laser beam of a home run in the second that probably left a scorching hole in some fan in the bleachers and following it up with a moonshot in his next PA. War Bear now has a .302/.413/.635 line on the season, good for a wRC+ of 184.
- Willson Contreras and Ian Happ also got in on the homer party, and it was especially ncie to see Happ have a multi-hit day given his struggles to start the year.
- Tyler Chatwood, of all people, became the first Cubs pitcher to pitch past the sixth inning this year. It was just one batter, but still.
- Chatwood is still walking a zillion hitters, and I'm starting to loop around to it being kind of funny already. I think it took longer last year for me to start laughing at the whole first inning runs thing. At least Chatwood is also getting strikeouts and weak contact so he hasn't been burned by it, but it's quite the tightrope every outing.
- Justin Wilson had another rough outing with a giant lead, though at least he didn't walk anyone this time.
- Rizzo had two hits in this game, but neither of them were particularly well hit. Still even a crappy hit is still a hit that you can build momentum on in the mind of a baseball player, so with Bryant still a question mark in the short term hopefully Tony can join the hit party.
Next up: Jon Lester faces Trevor Bauer at 6:10 PM CT. It sure is nice that the Cubs missed Kluber, Carrasco, and Clevenger in this series.