OSS: Cubs get just enough, stretch division lead to one game.
- David Bote had the big hit of the day, a two out triple that put the Cubs on the board in the second inning. The Pirates put Schwarber on to start the inning thanks to some outfield miscommunication between Marte and Osuna, and for a while it looked like the Cubs would continue their treng of not capitalizing, but luckily Bote came through. He showed some great wheels legging this one out too.
- Lester wasn’t his sharpest, but he managed six innings of shutout ball despite laboring through his start. He also worked two great PAs, bringing Williams to a full count in his first one and hitting a single and scoring a run in his second.
- Coming off yesterday’s shitshow, the bullpen managed three relatively uneventful shutout innings to close out the game. Edwards still can’t seem to find the strike zone but the defense was able to bail him out in this one.
- On the Jon Lester single mentioned above, Butterfield made the baffling decision to send Willson home on a grounder hit to left and he was out by a mile. I guess he just really wanted to get Jon that RBI.
- Willson also had a bad looking strikeout in the middle of the Cubs rally in the second. His double later in the game offsets things somewhat, but it was the most negative WPA play of the game for the Cubs offense.
- It was a rough day for Tony, who went 0-4.
Next up: The Cardinals come to Wrigley for the last series of the year. Cyle takes on Waino, who might be pitching his last game in a Cardinals uniform, at 1:20 PM.