OSS: Jason Heyward launches the game-winner in extras
- J-Hey hit a solo shot off of Jared Hughes in the 11th to put the Cubs ahead for good. He's had a pretty good series, hitting a homer in this game and robbing noted crybaby Ryan Braun of another in the first game.
- I wouldn't necessarily say Kyle Hendricks looked great, but there were some encouraging signs in this game compared to his first start back from the DL. He didn't walk anyone and his velocity was up, which are Kyle Hendricks related things that one likes to see. The hard hit balls thing, maybe less so.
- I was feeling pretty nervous once the Cubs turned things over to the bullpen, but they had a pretty great night. Edwards, Duensing, Strop, Uehara, Monty, and Davis combined for six innings, one hit, five walks, eight strikeouts, and no runs. Less walks would be nice but they got the job done in this one.
- See above, re: Hendricks and hard hit balls.
- Javier Baez had some of the worst plate appearances I have ever seen in this game. If the Cubs had another crdible shortstop around he would be heading to Iowa for to get the same treatment as Schwarber for getting his head on straight.
- RIP John Arguello, and Fuck Cancer.
Next up: John Lackey takes on Zach Davies in the rubber match. Davies was a breakout guy last year, but has taken a huge step back in 2017. He is, however, coming off two pretty great starts against the Nats and Pirates, combining for 14.2 IP, 0 ER, 11 K and 4 BB.