OSS: We are back! (for the 19th time)
- The Cubs offense exploded for 15 runs against the Reds garbage fire of a pitching staff. Anthony Rizzo led the way with five RsBI, including back to back HRs with Kris Bryant in the fourth to put the game truly out of reach. He also got the scoring going in the first with a single punched to left field against the shift that scored two.
- Kyle Schwarber managed to get on base twice in this game and avoided setting the all time record for consecutive strikeouts, so thanks, Reds.
- Jon Jay had the biggest WPA play of the of the game for either side with a RBI triple in the fourth inning, good for .150 WPA. He's not hitting it out of the park or anything, but he's been quietly really good over the past month or so, and now has a .299/.388/.394 batting line.
- Quintana didn't have much of a feel for his pitches in this one, but still managed to get through five while somehow giving up only two runs. Luckily the Cubs have Monty around to backstop him.
- Quintana also had an ugly-sounding (I was listening on the radio on my way home) bases loaded error in the disastrous second inning, where the Reds should have picked up a lot more than two runs. If Quintana simply took his time to throw home his start might have turned out much more acceptably.
- It would be great if they could find a better backup to Pat Hughes. Even Coomer would be better than this awful Bears guy, who seems to have gotten worse each time he subs in. He had like four different home run calls combined into one on Bryant's first home run.
Next up: Luis Castillo (no, not that one) takes on Kyle Hendricks at 7:05 PM CT.