OSS: Cubs draw six walks to chase Carlos Martinez early and take the lead against the Cardinals bullpen.
- Ian Happ had the biggest hit of the night, a two out double in the seventh inning to give the Cubs their first lead of the night. Yadier Molina showed the calm leadership he is known for in his reaction to the missed pitch location by Tuivailala.
Sad Yadi pic.twitter.com/XsWHS8nck8
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) June 17, 2018
- Addison Russell and Jason Heyward hit their third and fourth homers of the year, respectively. Heyward has been hot of late, but Russell has been flying under the radar. Before today he had a .384 wOBA / 143 wRC+ for the month, and it’s likely to get even better after this game.
- The ninth got a little dicey for a second, but the bullpen had another solid day overall. Most importantly, Rosario, Cishek, Strop, and Morrow did not issue any walks.
- It was a nominally quality start for Hendricks, but it’s very strange to see him with four walks in his statline. He hasn’t had a four walk game since last August.
- Kris Bryant went 0-3 with two strikeouts, but managed to net a postive WPA on the day thanks to two well timed walks. Another homer or three would be nice to see too however.
- I can’t decide if having the opposing team’s top batter by WPA being a pitcher is a good thing or a bad thing (.121 for Martinez).
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep on Sunday night baseball, as Jose Quintana takes on Jack Flaherty at 7:05 PM CT.