OSS: Tyler Chatwood’s bat is the difference maker, somehow.
- Tyler Chatwood came through in the late innings, first by getting out of a jam caused by Dillon Maples walking the bases loaded in the thirteenth inning, then hitting a double in the top of the fifteenth. Chatwood went on to score the go-ahead run. His combined WPA was .412 in this game.
- Ben Zobrist, despite asking to get benched for David Bote to start the game, was the other hero in this one. Zobrist notched a walk, single, and RBI double, all in extra innings since he didn’t even get a PA until the 12th. He was part of both of the bases loaded situations that the Cubs pissed away in the 12th and 14th, but I guess third time was the charm.
- Kris Bryant homered again today, his second home run of this series. It was especially nice to see that this was an oppo shot.
- The Cubs, and DBacks for that matter, had plenty of opportunities to put this game away but kept squandering them. Rizzo, Baez, and Bote combined to go 2-20 with roughly 37 left on base. I briefly considered sticking around for this game but decided to drive back to NM in the morning instead. Well done, self.
- Dillon Maples had another Dillon Maples-y outing, quickly getting his first two batters out then walking the bases loaded.
- Willson Contreras tried to catch the pitcher/catcher napping with a delayed steal of home at the end of the 13th. Not a bad idea if your name is Javy Baez, but maybe Willson trying this might be a *bit* too aggressive.
Next up: At least the Cubs have an off-day following that marathon. They head to Seattle for a two game series, starting on Tuesday.