OSS: More of this, please.
- Jon Lester picked up his 2000th strikeout and hit his first major league home run. He also singled in this game, which should indicate how well everyone was seeing Dbacks starter Patrick Corbin tonight.
- Anthony Rizzo also blasted two home runs, bringing his season total up to 26. He's well on pace to pass the 31-32 home run totals from his last three seasons and is having a quietly great year that is masked by a .242 BABIP. He's cut his strikeout rate by nearly a quarter, and has the best walk rate of his career (technically just below his rookie season in SD), and his ISO is right in line with last year's.
- Ian Happ and Javy Baez also went yard in this game. It's kind of funny that the Cubs loaded up on RHBs and then saw both lefties in the lineup hit homers off of the starter.
- It was not a super efficient start for Lester, to say the least. The tone was set by the double digit pitch PA by the Dbacks leadoff hiter, though at least Lester was able to strike him out.
- Despite the home run, Javy was the only Cub to end up with a negative WPA in this game thanks to an inning ending groundout in the first inning mini-rally and a double play in the third.
- The Cubs have a much tougher draw tomorrow, and the next week and a half in general. Luckily after that it is a lot of games against teams like the Reds and Mets.
Next up: Zack Godley takes on Jake Arrieta at 7:05 PM CT. I forgot that Godley used to be in the Cubs org – he was sent to AZ in the Montero deal. I remember exactly zero about him, so he must have been a lottery ticket that the Dbacks were lucky enough to hit on.