OSS: Cubs out-weird the Jays in extras while blowing and retaking the lead.
The tenth inning of this game had, between both teams,
– An error on a routine throw back to the pitcher by Alex Avila
– Three walks, one with the bases loaded
– A run scored on a wild pitch
– Not one but two batters reaching on dropped third strikes by Jays catcher Raffy Lopez
Maybe not great baseball, but certainly fun baseball.
- Alex Avila was the clear leader in WPA, thanks to his walkoff bases loaded single to end the game in the tenth. Lucky for him that everything else overshadowed that bizarre throwing error.
Albert Almora also had a pretty good game at the plate, driving in the Cubs first three runs and going 2-4.
3b. Almora came up short on a nearly spectacular play against the wall in center early in the game, showing respect for the ridiculous brick wall in the OF. Jays CF Kevin Pilar had no such fear and made a spectacular and probably painful catch of a KB blast to dead center.
- I wasn't too worried by the early poor performance by Justin Wilson after the Cubs picked him up. After all, Mike Montgomery had several shitty outings after he was picked up too, before he turned into the resonably reliable swingman we now know. Wilson though, sheesh. Today he issued two walks, one with the bases loaded. In six of his eight outings as a Cub, he has had a run charged to him. In the other two, he allowed two inherited baserunners to score and in the other he put two men on before Duensing and Strop bailed him out of further damage. He was pretty good with the Tigers but it's safe to say his debut here has been pretty awful.
- Koji Uehara also did not have a great day, but at least he had the excuse of just having come off the DL.
- The Cubs had a chance to win it in the ninth after getting two men on with nobody out, but did not manage to get a run across the plate.
Next up: The Cubs have an off day, then head to GABP for a three game set against the Reds. John Lackey takes on Homer Bailey in the opener, so it should be a good day for fans in the bleachers.