OSS: Back in business.
- Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell were the most prominently struggling players on the offense going into this game, but their bats woke up in a big way tonight. Russell took Julio Urias deep in the fourth for a two run shot, and Rizzo hit a solo shot in the fifth. Both were making good contact all night, which was great to see. They combined to go 6-10 with two home runs, five RsBI, and four runs.
- Willson Contreras was the Cubs leader by WPA (.203), mostly due to the RBI single that plated the first run of the game. Not included in that number was his defensive performance – he threw out two baserunners, though one of them didn’t count since the pitch ended up being ball four.
- Joe made use of his big bullpen by pulling Lackey with two runners on in the fifth inning. Lackey was, uh, not happy about it. Maybe walk less guys next time, John.
- The pen was solid and should have been credited for shutting down the Dodgers, save for a easy double play ball deflecting off Montgomery’s glove in the fifth. Those runs got charged to Lackey anyway, so great job on the scoreless outing, guys!
- I was fine with Heyward starting this game, and at least he got to use his glove this time around unlike Game 2. He had another lousy game at the plate but at least one of his weak groundouts knocked in a run. I’m sure he’ll start tomorrow hopefully everyone else’s hitting is contagious.
- Joe left Montgomery in to bat for himself despite the giant playoff bullpen. He got a hit, proving all of us wrong (dying laughing). Still the wrong move, though.
- The Cubs bats woke up, but they got some help from the Dodgers booting the ball all over the damn place. The Cubs first run was scored when Zobrist was sent on a shallow single to left that Toles threw halfway up the first base line. A typical throw would have had him out by a mile.
- Carl Edwards left with some sort of injury, though it looks like it’s not that serious and the Cubs were just being super cautious with a big lead. Reports are that his hamstring tightened up, they’ll see how he feels tomorrow.
Next up: Jon Lester faces Kenta Maeda tomorrow night. I was convinced it was going to be Clayton Kershaw, but they sound pretty set on sticking with normal rest this time around. Stay woke, Cubs bats.