OSS: Cubs win a road series for the first time since April
- Anthony Rizzo continues to thrive in the leadoff spot, launching yet another home run. He had three hits total and scored three runs.
- He was knocked in by Willson Contreras in his other non-HR runs, who was the spark that got the Cubs moving today.
- Lackey had what felt like his first non-awful start in a month, allowing one run and five baserunners in six innings. Lackey had given up four or more runs in four of his last six starts. He did continue his streak of coughing up a home run in each of his starts. Strangely enough the last time he kept the opposing team in the park was at Coors Field.
- The Cubs most negative play of the game was in the only stretch I caught before my flight, an Albert Almora strikeout in the third where the Cubs looked about to really break things open. Taillon had opened the inning with two singles, a walk, and a double and Almora had runners on second and third with one out. I'm a little confused by the WPA calculation here – Heyward lined out to the second baseman with no outs on the previous play and it was a -.028 WPA to Almora's -.044.
- Those two plays (along with La Stella's groundout to end the inning) were among the Cubs lowest WPA plays, along with a cryptic "Javier Baez forced out" in the second. It's not listed as a CS in the mlb.com pbp either, which seems strange.
- This one is leftover from last night's game, where the Fox announcers mentioned that Joe had given Russell 'a few days off' earlier in the month to help him out of his slump without mentioning anything happening off the field. Great work, fellas 😐
Next up: The Cubs return home to face the Padres, who swept them in SD a few weeks back. Hopefully the Cubs can return the favor.