OSS: Cubs offense gets ahead of the Cubs pitching, for one day at least.
- Jason Heyward, of all people, had a big day at the plate, going 3-3 with two homers and two walks. Between this and his garbage time HR yesterday, he has brought his slash line up to .370/.419/.704. Hopefully he manages to gets some more pop and outperform his whopping *five* GIDP on the season. While those seemed inevitable, he actually only had 7 in all of last season somehow.
- Victor Caratini had a big day of his own, hitting a go-ahead HR in the middle innings and driving in three.
- Cole Hamels had a solid outing, going six innings and allowing two runs. Even more importantly, he didn’t walk anyone. It was not for lack of trying by the Brewers, who racked up his pitch count early, but he gutted out 111 pitches for a reason.
- Meet the new bullpen, same as the old bullpen. Newly called up Kyle Ryan came out throwing strikes, but after a single and a walk, Allen Webster came in and promptly coughed up a three run homer to Lloyd Braun. Reinforcements! Luckily the offense came back with a seven run inning.
- Rosario coughed up another three run homer in the next inning, but it had become a laugher at that point.
- KB had a rough day, going 0-5 with four strikeouts, including one with the bases loaded and no outs during the Cubs rally in the seventh inning.
The Cubs go for the series win at 1:10 PM CT. Kyle Hendricks faces Zach Davies in a matchup of strike-throwing soft contact pitchers, so maybe they get this one in under a cool four hours this time around.