OSS: The Cubs played through some tight games over the weekend and a blowout on Monday, but sometimes what you need is a relatively uneventful, closeish win to really get back into the groove of winning, or something.
- Cyle had a solid start, striking out ten batters in seven innings and allowing three runs. I was in and out of the broadcast but Coomer made it sound like the wind was blowing out today, though maybe not *that* hard. Hendricks’ stuff was clearly working, as the Rockies whiffed 21 times in this game. Two of the Rockies runs came on an RBI groundout and as the result of an infield single. Hendricks also knocked in a run himself to give the Cubs their first lead of the game.
- The other Kyle only had one big moment, but it was a massive 476 foot blast to RF that gave the Cubs the lead in the fifth. The real MVP was the dude who caught it one handed without spilling his beverage.
- Javy also homered and had a big day overall, going 3-4.
- Not that much to complain about. Jason Heyward went 0-3, including failing to drive in a runner from third with less than two outs in the second inning.
- Vic Caratini, presumably in to give Willson a little extra rest while the Cubs are in a few long stretches without off days, also had a rough game. While Heyward’s outs were mostly in the air, Caratini grounded out three times and struck out looking.
- The Brewers getting shellacked 16-0 at home by what is easily the worst team in baseball costs them just as much as a 1-0 loss would have. It feels like they should get two losses for this one. At least they kept putting actual relief pitchers out there down 15 runs, though they did finally turn to relief ace Hernan Perez to close out the game
Next up: Yu Darvish takes on Rockies ace German Marquez at 7:05 PM CT