OSS: Cubs mount a late comeback to eke out a win.
- The Cubs came back in the top of the ninth against erstwhile Cubs hurler Arodys Vizcaino, thanks to a hustle double by Almora and run scoring hits by Addy and Zobrist to tie and lead the game, respectively. To be technically correct, the best kind of correct, Zobrist’s go-ahead single had a bigger WPA than his more famous double from a few years back that you may have heard of.
- Yu Darvish was okay in this one, striking out five in four innings and allowing two walks and a solo shot to Inciarte. He left with some leg cramping after throwing only 61 pitches, and the Cubs were probably taking it easy after his trip to the “DL”.
- The bullpen was solid in relief of Darvish’s short outing, allowing one run and just two hits over five innings. Said run was given up by Edwards to Ronald Acuna, who might be good at baseball.
- The Cubs got a lot of help from Barves TOOTBLANs in this one. Freddie Freeman tried to score following a throwing error on a steal attempt by Willie but was gunned down by War Bear. In the fifth, they had runners at the corners with no outs thanks to a Baez error but saw both guys get thrown out on the bases on plays that even Coomer had to admit the umps blew.
- Until that ninth inning comeback, the Cubs lone run was on a sequence that went double, walk, dropped third strike, wild pitch. Not exactly a recipe for a sustainable offense. Foltynewicz lasted just five innings but struck out ten Cubs hitters.
- It was a rough day at the plate for Javy Baez, who went 0-4 with three strikeouts. His contact rates were looking a lot better when his bat was hot, but some Old Javy seems to be slipping into his game of late.
Next up: Tyler Chatwood takes on noted Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan Brandon McCarthy at 6:35 PM CT. I’m not sure why the Braves start games half an hour later than everyone else, I guess it’s to give fans extra time to get to their crappily located stadium boondoggle.