OSS: Eddie Butler exceeds expectations in his debut
- Butler threw six innings of shutout ball. Things were rocky early, as Butler walked two batters in the first and was racking up a large pitch count early in the game, possibly due to adrenaline jitters, but he settled down as the game went on. I'm a little baffled at how a guy who throws a 2 seamer at 95 had such a low minor league strikeout rate. At least, that's what Coomer seemed to think he was throwing most of the time. Pat and Ron were all over his baseball card stats in Iowa on the broadcast in general. I still don't have the highest hopes for Butler, but I think he is probably better than Brett Anderson. His line on the day was 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, and both hits were infield singles.
- Willson Contreras had a great game at the plate, launching his second and third home runs of the year. He also picked off Dex at first base to end the seventh inning.
- Tommy La Stella also added an insurance homer in the seventh that turned out to be the winning run. He was only in the game because both Bryant and Jay were scratched with illness/injury early in the game.
- The Cubs almost blew this one with an error in the bottom of the ninth on a play that should have ended the game. Kolten Wong struck out on a dropped third strike for the apparent third out, but Contreras's throw to Rizzo was not great, and neither was Rizzo's catch attempt.
- The position player WPA trailer on the day was Candelario, though I do seem to remember some hard hit balls in the innings that I caught on the radio.
- On the pitching side, Carl Edwards Jr had a rough outing, giving up a solo shot to Grichuk and walking two batters before getting bailed out by Contreras's pickoff of Dex. Rondon got the easiest relief appearance that you can get out of it.