OSS: Return of the Mago
- On a day when no one on the Cubs offense could get a hit with RISP, Javy delivered a pinch hit single to walk it off. Baez wasn’t even supposed to be here today. He’s only been out two days but you can already feel the Cubs missing him in the lineup
- The rest of the offense was scuffling, but Kris Bryant remained on fire by going 3-4 with a walk. Most importantly, his baserunning led to the Cubs first two runs. He scored from second on a groundout early in the game, and managed to get home on a dribbler by Almora in the bottom of the ninth to score the tying run.
- Lost in the late game heorics was that Quintana had another solid start, shutting out the Phils over six innings and striking out four.
- As soon as Q left the game a bullpen meltdown felt inevitable. Edwards notched two outs but gave up a single and double, and Kintzler came in with runners on second and third to try to get out of the inning. Cutch singled to give the Phillies the lead and that was that. At least Edwards didn’t walk anyone. Kintzler seemed like kind of an odd choice, since they didn’t *need* a ground ball there, just an out, but he’s probably the guy Joe trusts the most right now so eh.
- Cubs hitters stranded a lot of Cubs on the basepaths, most notably Daniel Descalso who struck out with the bases loaded in the first and popped out with runners on first and second in the third inning.
- Willson actually had an even worse game by WPA, mostly due to him popping out with Bryzzo on second and third with nobody out in the ninth.
Next up: Cole Irvin takes on Cole Hamels in the Battle of the Coles. Game time is 7:05 CT.