OSS: Cubs brought the lumber.
- It was another huge game for Javier Baez, who had another multi-HR outing. He can still do the small ball stuff too – with the score tied in the sixth inning, he got on base on a dropped third strike, moved over to second on a Heyward GB, stole third, and scored on a fielder's choice to give the Cubs the lead. He just missed a grand slam in the second – not because hit ball fell short but because Pirates starter Steven Brault uncorked a wild pitch to unclog the bases just before his home run.
- The rest of the offense showed up today as well, including three-hit games from both Kris Bryant and Albert Almora. You have to love seeing crooked numbers on the Cubs row of the scoreboard. Most bafflingly of all, the Cubs only struck out five times today. Four times if you count actual hitters (sorry, Lester).
- The bullpen had another uneventful outing and kept the Pirates locked down until the game got out of hand. Eddie Butler did give up a solo shot to Freese late in the game but the Cubs had an 8 run lead by that point so meh.
Three One down:
- Not a sharp start for Lester today, who gave up four runs in five innings. The biggest blow was on a three run shot by noted gatorade cooler abuser Sean Rodriguez. It was mostly just one bad inning for Lester and I didn't see any buzz about a velocity drop, so it just is what it is. Not much to complain about when the bats explode like this.
Next up: The Cubs go for the series win with Kyle Hendricks facing Trevor WIlliams at 1:20 PM