OSS: Cubs pitching dominates the Brewers to cap off a 5-4 road trip.
- Jose Quintana and the Cubs bullpen shut out the Brewers, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine. Aside from a sixth inning mini-jam that Q worked his way around, the Brewers never had more than one baserunner in an inning. The Cubs rotation got off to a rocky start, but in this series starters gave up just 5 runs in 23 innings.
- Ben Zobrist continued his hot streak with a homer that just hugged the inside of the RF foul pole. He has a .360/.448/.520 line on the season.
- The Cubs actually got some hits with runners in scoring position! Well, a hit. Almora doubled down the first base line in the fifth to score Heyward from second. The Cubs third run came on yet another Brewers error, this time on a hard hit ball to Aguilar at first. I think I saw a Brewers fan complaining that they had more errors than hits in this series.
- It sounds like Rizzo's stiff back is stiffer than usual, and he'll probably miss the home opener tomorrow. Bummer.
- Willson had the Cubs two most negative WPA plays on the day. He was caught stealing for some reason in the fourth (I must have missed that – botched hit and run?) and grounded into a double play in the sixth with the Cubs up 2-0. But he had two other hits, including a triple that just missed going over the fence, and picked off Cain at first. So overall a positive day.
- Kris Bryant didn't reach base today. Sound like it's time to send that kid back to Iowa for some seasoning.
Next up: The Cubs home opener is tomorrow against the Pirates. Tyler Chatwood takes on Ivan Nova at 1:20 CT.