OSS: Injuries starting to take their toll
- David Ross continues to spit in the face of father time, tying the game with a solo homer in the eighth and drawing a walk to load the bases in the ninth in the Cubs failed rally. He also TOOTBLAN’d Christian Yelich in the fourth inning and probably would have another in the fifth if Contreras were left handed.
- Jon Lester had a solid outing despite an erratic strike zone by the home plate umpire. He gave up two solo shots, one a bomb by Giancarlo Stanton (does he hit any other kind of HR?) and struck out seven in seven innings.
- Javier Baez made one of the craziest defensive plays I have ever seen, unfortunately it was just too late to nail the runner.
- The Cubs got the bases clogged in the bottom of the ninth with one out, but a Coghlan strikeout and a first-pitch flyout from Ben Zobrist ended the game. The Cubs also threatened in the eighth, but the Marlins pitched around Bryant to get to Contreras, who struck out with runners on first and second.
- The Marlins rallied against Pedro Strop in the ninth, but for some reason I don’t remember him seeming as Bad Pedro Strop-like as usual. Though there was a wild pitch and a walk in the box score, so shrug. This felt just more like bad sequencing than anything else. I was a little surprised that Yelich wasn’t gunned down by Heyward on the Marlins go-ahead run, that play seemed much slower to develop than it should have.
- That strike zone, ugh. I hate grumbling about strike zones, which is only a step above grumbling about uncalled holding penalties in the NFL, but it was salt in the wound after Lester gave up a homer in a PA where his first two pitches were well in the zone but called balls anyway.
Next up: Hendricks v Koehler, 6:10 PM CT