OSS: Taylor Davis picks a good time to hit his first MLB home run.
- After the Cubs had fallen behind 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Taylor Davis of all players answered back with a grand slam to left center. It wasn’t a cheapie, nearly leaving the park.
- Baez had a long HR of his own that gave the Cubs the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was yet another opposite field shot from Baez, who remains blazingly hot. His slash line sits at .318/.353/.659, a wRC+ of 160.
- Kyle Ryan, who has emerged as the best Cubs middle reliever so far this year, got the Cubs out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the fifth after Darvish and Webster combined to load the bases with just one out. He got two ground balls to get out of the inning, and it was mostly smooth sailing the rest of the way.
- It was another lousy start for Darvish, who walked five and allowed six hits in 5 innings. While Darvish wasn’t great by any stretch, he did not get much help from his defense.
- Somehow the Cubs weren’t charged with any errors, but there were a couple of misplays by Almora and Bryant in the OF that extended some innings longer than they should have been.
- Steve Cishek’s tightrope was fraying when he got out of a jam he made for himself in the sixth, which included a single, walk, a wild pitch, Yadier Molina stealing a base due to inattention, and a hit by pitch.
Next up: The Cubs go for for the sweep and first place on Sunday night baseball. Q takes on Waino at 6:05 PM CT