OSS: John Lackey was quite good and it seemed like everyone in the lineup had a double.
- John Lackey is efficient with his pitches. He struggled in the 2nd and threw 26 pitches, but other than that and a small jam in the 7th that Warren bailed him out of, he was outstanding. He struckout 9 and walked 2 and anobody scored. It took the Cubs offense awhile to get going so those zeroes were big. Adam Warren had to get the final out in the 7th. In the end, Lackey became the 5th starter in the rotation to have an ERA lower than 3, if you care about such things.
- The Cubs only had 7 hits, but 5 of them were doubles. Kris Bryant, Tommy La Stella, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Javier Baez each doubled. They also took 6 walks.
- Anthony Rizzo was 2-3 with a double and a walk. His double was the biggest WPA play of the game. His double in the 6th scored Jason Heyward from 1st and put the Cubs up 1-0. It’s nice to see Rizzo start to turn things around a bit. He slumped for a long time. It was also nice to see Addison Russell double in two runs in his only plate appearance. His double was the next highest WPA play of the game and put the Cubs up 3-0.
- Dexter Fowler was 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. He was hit by a pitch and threw out Jean Segura at 2nd base. Someone has to be here.
- You know this team is good when you struggle to fill out this part of the recap. Anthony Rizzo tried to advance to 2nd on a single in the right field corner. Some good defense cut him down, though replays showed he was safe in my opinion. The replay booth disagreed. It’s still a shot the baserunner takes every time and most of the time it’s not particularly close.
- Javier Baez doubled to deep center. The 4th and 5th runs of the game scored on the double Baez, then just standing on 2nd base, was given 2 bases on the throwing error by Chris Owings. I can only assume he was trying to throw it to the 3rd baseman. It was not close. It was several rows deep in the stands and Baez was given 2 bases so he scored the 6th and final run of the game.