OSS: Aggressive Cubs baserunning is just enough to snag the inverted M.
- It was a scoreless and speedy affair most of the night, and the Cubs took the lead after Russell took third on a wild pitch and aggressively dashed home after an errant throw. Russell was on second to begin with thanks to even more aggressive baserunning on what I thought for sure was a run of the mill single that was cut off by Cutch.
- Ian Happ scored the other Cubs run from first base on a double hit by Caratini. It could have been two runs had Schwarber not been cut down trying to steal second during Happ’s PA, but overall the baserunning was plus plus as usual.
- Jose Quintana had a solid start, though I don’t necessarily know that I’d throw as much praise on it as JD did during the broadcast. It was great to see him settle down after running into a problem or two in the middle innings, which had been a problem of late. He threw six shutout innings, and while he only struck out three he was throwing a ton of strikes and had Giants hitters off balance.
- No Brandon Morrow again tonight. According to Len they were trying to give him some rest after some relatively heavy usage over the weekend, which ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
- The Cubs had two TOOBLANs in this one, including a Bote caught stealing and the Schwarber CS mentioned above.
- Despite the low score, the Cubs did have several hits that would have been homers in a less cavernous ballpark. Javy missed one by a couple of inches, and Heyward had a long shot in the eighth that would have been several rows into the seats at Wrigley.
Next up: The Cubs go for the series win tomorrow against Johnny Cueto. This will be Cueto’s second start following a two month DL stint for an elbow sprain. He was crushed by the Cardinals in his first start back and had a tough time getting his fastball above 87-88 mph. He faces off with Monty in this one at 2:45 PM CT.