OSS: Cubs come back with a little help from the Red Sox defense.
- A few other pieces of the Cubs lineup have been inconsistent of late, but Bryant and Rizzo are still rolling along. Bryant had two doubles in the game, and had another effective double when he took second after reaching on a throwing error by Sox pitcher Steven Wright. Rizzo had just one hit, but it was a bomb of a home run that looked like it was going to end up on the Mass Pike but only landed a few rows behind the Cubs bullpen. He also 'knocked in' an insurance run with a Little League Triple in the seventh inning, thanks to some #RodSex defense.
- Miguel Montero had the leading WPA play of the day with a solo shot to tie the game in the seventh. Many people, including Montero himself, thought he was on his way out last year but so far it looks like having more rest has rejuvenated his bat a bit.
- The bullpen shut the door in this game, with Rondon, Uehara, and Davis striking out four over three innings, allowing just two singles and no walks. Davis's outing in particular looked less tightrope-walky than usual this time around, by my eyeball norm.
- Lackey's start was better than the last few outings by Cubs starters, but it would still be nice to see the Cubs take a lead early rather than keep coming back. That said, the Red Sox offense is good, and this game already felt like a vast improvmement when Lackey managed to get out of the first on less than 30 pitches.
- Jon Jay had the biggest negative play of the day for the Cubs offense when he grounded into a double play in the third.
- Addison Russell was the only starter to have a hitless day, but at least he made contact in all of his outs.
Next up: Kyle Hendricks takes on Eduardo Rodriguez on Sunday Night Baseball, so it's a night off for JD.