Three Seven up:
- What a game, and a series overall by Javier Baez. Today alone, he made a ludicrous defensive play at second that was overturned on replay, then made a JavyTag to nail the runner one play later. He scored the Cubs second run after hustling out a grounder led to a two-base throwing error. Oh, and he did the whole drive in the go-ahead run thing. Unreal.
- Right behind Javy in offensive WPA was Willson Contreras, who tied the game with a two run single off one of the 300 relievers who pitched the ninth for the Giants…
- …and Ben Zobrist, who slapped a double down the line off erstwhile Giants closer Sergio Romo to get the run scoring started in the ninth. The Giants pen has been a dumpster fire this year, and the sweet smell of that burning garbage was enough to wake up the offense.
- Rizzo also woke up from his offensive slump, drawing two walks and getting his first hit of the series.
- No one can complain about Kris Bryant‘s performance this series either. He hit two singles in this game, including one to leadoff the Cubs rally in the ninth. I’m calling the other one a single even though it was officially ruled a fielder’s choice since that was some shitty luck that led to Fowler’s TOOTBLAN.
- Oh, and David Ross got a surprise start in this game and came through with a solo HR and the sac fly that drove in the Cubs second run, and was the first half of the #JavyTag.
- The Dodgers-Nationals series went to the maximum, so the Cubs will see less of Kershaw or Scherzer.
- The Cubs must have had something like 97 whiffs against Matt Moore. He was on his game and the Cubs couldn’t seem to adjust at all. As mentioned in the game thread, it will be great when the Cubs hang like ten runs on him during the regular season next year. And maybe a few more on Derek Law in relief. And a few more on Conor Gillaspie when Bochy sends him out there in the blowout.
- Between Moore’s amazing game and Conor Gillaspie and Joe Panik going 6-7 it was pretty frustrating eight innings. It’s one thing to get crushed by another team’s best players, it’s another to see average to below average guys catch fire. I’m sure it was pretty fun for the Giants fans though. At least for a while, heh.
- Rizzo broke out of his playoffs slump, but Addison Russell looked pretty bad again today. Though to be fair Moore seems like exactly the kind of pitcher he’d have trouble with.
Next up: Jon Lester faces probably either Kenta Maeda or Tanner Roark on Saturday, game time TBA. I’m not exactly quivering here with either matchup. I guess it’s theoretically possible that the Dodgers could start Clayton Kershaw on three days of rest, but I doubt it given how that worked out today.