OSS: The Cubs offense is waking from its deep slumber.
Three Four up:
- The big play of the game was a three run bomb by Anthony Rizzo in the fifth inning that put the Cubs up 3-1. They never looked back the rest of the way. Rizzo also knocked in a run and scored as a part of the Cubs batting around in the seventh to put the game far out of reach.
- Jason Heyward continues to knock the tar out of the ball. He went 3-5 with two RBI doubles in this game.
- Jake Arrieta had a terrible first inning, but settled down and didn't allow another baserunner until a walk in the sixth inning. I missed a lot of this game but Coomer and Heyward seemed to think he looked like Old Jake the rest of the way, so there are still some glimmers of his old form shining through.
- I had Torchy's for dinner, and you did not. I mean, I assume not. It's not like I use OV's IP logs to target an flotilla of drones to track your every move or anything.
- Despite the many innings of possibly good Jake, the first inning was still a thing that happened. Jake gave up a single to Stanton (no aspersions cast there), but went on to walk the bases loaded with the next two batters.
- Addison Russell had another bad day at the plate, going 0-4 and leading the Cubs in negative WPA. He also brought his struggles out to the field on this one. I don't know if his shoulder is still bothering him or what is going on. Maybe the Cubs can give him a weekend off or something like they did with Heyward last season to try to reset and get things going again.
- The Cubs only managed to score four runs against Jeff Locke. He's definitely a charter member of the Bizarro Wandy Rodriguez HOF.
Next up: The Cubs go for another sweep as Lackey takes on Jose Urena at 7:05 PM CT.