OSS: Cubs pummel Endgame-vintage Thor, hang on for a win.
- The Cubs offense put a hurting on Syndergaard in the first inning, sending eleven men to the plate and scoring six runs. Syndergaard had been on fire in the second half, but the Cubs offense was ready for his 99 mph heater.
- Happ, Castellanos, and Schwarber all homered off of Syndergaard, which of course elicited the following:
- The bullpen made things interesting at times, but aside from failing to strand an inherited runner from Hendricks, they managed not to finish blowing the giant road lead, and pitched 4.1 innings without giving up an earned run.
- Hendricks had an ugly line, but with a nine run lead it’s hard to blame him for just pumping strikes, even with this bullpen’s reputation.
- The Cubs were shut down for two innings by their old friend Brad Brach. On the plus side they did him a solid by lowering his season ERA to 6.04. Maybe he’ll get it under 6 by the end of the season!
- No Earnies for the pen today, as noted above, but the Mets certainly had their chances. This game would have given Santo a heart attack.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep against Jacob deGrom at 6:10 PM CT. Jon Lester will be on the mound for the Cubs. This game was going to be the hardest to win in the series, though after we saw 17 runs given up in a game started by Hendricks and Syndergaard (and 0 by the bullpens), I guess anything is possible.