- The Cubs offense went to work on Mariners starter Marco Gonzales, who came into this game with a solid 2.80 ERA in seven starts. They batted around and scored six runs in the second inning, chasing Gonzalez and continuing to beat up on his replacement. Baez alone had six total bases in the inning, thanks to a homer and an RBI double. They also drew three walks in the inning, two of them with the bases loaded.
- The Cubs offensive explosion overshadowed what was a great start by Jon Lester. Lester struck out eight and walked just one over seven shutout innings. He also allowed just one hit, a humpback liner that Ben Zobrist lost momentarily in the lights. Lester had no-hit stuff against the lineup that has scored the most runs in baseball this year. Of course, they’ve played the most games in baseball as well, but not by that many more (just two more than the Astros).
- Rizzo, Baez, and Contreras all homered in this one, and I had to double check that the Cubs only hit three. Somehow it felt like they hit seven in this game.
- Dillon Maples struck out the side in ninth inning mop up duty. More importantly, no walks!
- Coomer shared a story from the Cubs off-day which was one of the most off the wall I’ve heard in a while. He, Len Kasper, and some other Cubs-affiliated folks were hanging out at Eddie Vedder’s house on Monday and had an axe throwing contest. I hope for Thoyer’s blood pressure’s sake that there were no players there.
- Despite the offensive explosion, not everyone was in on the fun. Albert Almora was 0-5 with three strikeouts and was the only Cubs player with a significant negative WPA.
- The Cubs have yet another off day tomorrow. Joy. Looking forward to that midsummer stackup.
- The Natinals can’t get their shit together and the Cardinals won yet again.
Next up: The Cubs kick off a three game series at Wrigley against the Cardinals. It’s hard to believe the Cubs have had only two in-division series so far this year.