OSS: If you can draw five walks in one inning, chances are you’re going to win that game.
- Eight straight Cubs reached base against Sox ace Lucas Giolito and reliever Evan Marshall in the Cubs five run fifth inning. Giolito walked the bases loaded, then gave up back to back doubles to War Bear and Baez. Giolito struggled against the Cubs when he faced them earlier this year as well, so I guess the Cubs just have his number. Given that his ERA on the season was 2.72 going into this game, the Cubs seem to be the only team with said number.
- Jon Lester was solid, going 6.1 innings and allowing just one earned run. He was chased in the seventh, but probably would have finished the inning if not for some sloppy defense behind him.
- The Brewers were obliterated by the Pirates, 12-2. Gotta be a kick in the nuts after also blowing a five run lead the night before, though the Crew did win that one in extras. The Cubs have sole possession of first place once again.
- A rough day for Jason Heyward, who broke the Cubs streak in the fifth inning with a strikeout and went 0-4 on the day. He was on a hot streak but now seems to be a bit banged up.
- Robel Garcia quickly ended the rally with a double play, in his second PA of the inning. I guess it’s hard to complain about an offense that bats around though.
- Kimbrel’s velocity was back up today, but his save was a little more tightropey than one would like. He struck out the side, but also hit a batter, walked another, and got the final strikeout on a wild pitch/passed ball.
Next up: Cyle takes on Ivan Nova at 1:10 PM CT to cap off the first ‘half’ of the season.