OSS: The Cubs hit a few speed bumps but keep on rolling
- Javier Baez had the biggest hit of the day with a three run blast that was gone as soon as it hit the bat. The two out shot tied the game at 3 in the sixth inning and chased Dodgers starter Walker Buehler.
- Jason Heyward followed it up later in the inning with a three run blast of his own to left center. Heyward’s hot streak has gone on for nearly a month now, causing even those of us with the faintest of hopes to start to wonder if this is actually for real. Baez and Heyward combined for a WPA of .623 in this game.
- Kris Bryant got on base three times and didn’t strike out. He’s still got a ways to go to get out of his slump but he can build on this I guess.
- Hamels was not as sharp as his previous two starts, walking six batters in 5.1 innings and getting chased by a long HR from red hot Cody Bellinger.
- Steve Cishek was knocked around for the second straight day, and you can’t really blame the BABIP dragon this time around. He’s still a solid pitcher but not really the good luck charm that Joe had last year.
- Albert Almora slid into first base for the umpteenth time in his career.
Next up: The Cubs go for the sweep against the Dodgers at 1:20 CT, which is not a sentence I expected to write two weeks ago. Jon Lester returns from the DL to face Ross Stripling.