OSS: An excellent pitchers' duel turns into a wild finish.
- Jon Lester was fantastic today, taking a perfect game into the sixth until Wainwright poked a single through the left side to break it up. He continued to cruise until he ran out of steam in the eighth, giving up back to back solo shots to Grichuk and DeJong*, but an amazing start nonetheless. His final line on the day was 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 SO.
- Bionic Human Kris Bryant was the WPA leader on the day, somehow notching two hits when most folks though he would not even play this weekend. Zobryzzo combined for all three of the Cubs runs batted in during their late rally. Matheny took a page from Joe's playbook when he let Wainwright bat for himself in the eighth.
- Rizzo had the other big hit of the day in what was a quiet day for both offenses. It is great to see him getting XBHs against lefties again.
- Wainwright has had a rough year, but his curveball was wicked tonight. All the Cubs had issues with it, but it felt like Kyle Schwarber felt it the most. Though he only struck out once. In fact somehow the Cubs only struck out three times in this game.
- Wade Davis made things a little more ineteresting than anyone would have liked, walking two batters before getting the final out.
- The Cubs could have blown things open even more in the eighth, but Joe put on a strange double steal with Schwarber at the plate, maybe hoping that with a base open the Cardinals would want to walk War Bear in the middle of a lefty on lefty matchup? I'm not so sure of that logic. But still, it was a strange move.
Next up: Jose Qunitana takes on Michael Wacha on Sunday Night Baseball. Quintana was great in his last outing, here's hoping for another one.