OSS: Cubs pen tries to give one away, Padres defense gives it right back.
- Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in the third inning to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead, which was obviously the biggest hit of the day. I was surprised to hear on the broadcast that it was his first homer in over a month. The lack of HR power hadn’t hurt his numbers though, as he had a .431 wOBA in July going into this game. With that home run the Cubs now have four players with 20+ home runs, and Contreras is currently sitting on 19.
- Javier Baez also homered, increasing his team lead to 23 HRs.
- The Cubs retaking the lead had more to do with the Padres defense blowing it, but it still took some heads up baserunning to take advantage.
- Lester didn’t look too sharp in what I saw of his outing, but given that it was a billion degree heat index and the wind was blowing out, I guess he limited the damage a little bit. Still twelve hits in six innings is not great.
- Pedro Strop gave up the tying run with a homer in the eighth. Strop has been great with the Cubs but hasn’t looked the same since coming back from his injury this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss more time unfortunately.
- Russell and Bote combined to go 0-8 with 6 Ks, and those two non-strikeouts were the Padres fielding errors that led to the winning run.
Next up: Q takes on Joey Lucchesi at 1:20 PM CT.