OSS: Cubs defense shuts out the Dodgers in what felt like a playoff atmosphere.
- Pat suggested that this was the Cubs best defensive game of the year, and he’s probably right. Heyward, Almora, and Bryant all made highlight reel plays, capped off by an unassisted double play turned by Javy snagging a liner and diving at the second base bag to double off the runner.
- Javy also had a great day at the plate, hitting two doubles and a triple, scoring two runs, and stealing a base that should have led to another. Dude is back to being locked in with all phases of the game again.
- Kyle Schwarber homered for the second game in a row, and is now tied with Baez for the most on the team with 14.
- Lester had another solid start and lowered his ERA even further. Only one strikeout is not great but it feels like even I could be a credible pitcher with this defense behind me.
- I only tuned into the last two games of this series, but it was a plus-plus crowd in the stands who rose to the occasion that the two best teams in the NL were playing each other. Half of said other best team may be on the DL, but still, it was a big series.
- The Cubs now have the best record in the National League.
- The Cubs may have been cheated out of a run in the second inning as Baez ran home on what looked like a passed ball but was somehow called a swinging strike three by Lester. According to gameday the pitch was in the strike zone, but Lester only seemed to be called out after an appeal to the 3b umpire, who said he swung, which he very much did not. It didn’t end up mattering but it was a strange one.
- Brandon Morrow hit the DL after pulling his back while taking his pants off. Who among us.
- The Cubs were one bad ball-strike call away from taking a sweep in this series. If only.
Next up: The Cubs head to Cincy for a four game set against the scuffling Reds. Kyle Hendricks takes on the shambling remains of Matt Harvey’s career at 6:10 PM CT.