- Addison Russell provided the biggest hit of the game, a no-doubter two run shot in the sixth inning to put the Cubs up 3-1, driving in who else but Javier Baez. Russell also added a single in the ninth and hustled his way into a leadoff ROE as the Cubs tacked on five insurance runs in the eighth inning.
- Javier Baez continues to turn into a star before our eyes. Today’s output included a bases-clearing double, another double, a single and stolen base, and yet another fantastic defensive play at second base. Just another day at the office.
- Jon Lester pitched deep into the ballgame, and he had the Dodgers bats stymied all night. Lester struck out six over seven innings, allowing just one run on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout. He had a tough time with the zone early on from what I can tell but settled down after the first and just cruised the rest of the way in a tight game. He even just missed a homer when batting in a key-ish situation as Joe decided to stick with him. He’s earned his contract this year and then some, and then even more.
- Almost all of the Cubs lineup kept hitting as well, with Fowler, Bryant, and Rizzo combining to go 6-15 with an RBI each and Zobrist drawing three walks.
- Joe Blanton was Transformed into an ace reliever this year some how, but his energon has run out against this Cubs offense and now he just seems more like Joe Blanton again.
- Jason Heyward is just ice cold at the plate right now. At least there’s no way he starts game six with Kershaw on the mound.
- Aroldis Chapman looked pretty shaky in the ninth pitching with a huge lead. This one’s on me for wearing a Marmol shirsey today.
- Pedro Strop didn’t look so hot either, though I feel like some blame should go to the dumbasses who started waving towels around right behind home plate that inning who probably distracted him.
- Javy came up lame after his bases clearing double, but ended up staying in the game and said he was 100% afterwords. He must have just rolled an ankle or something. Enormous sigh of relief here.
- Watching Pedro Baez pitch is the worst. Even his own team’s fans can’t stand him.
- This was a thing that happened:
— Cubs Strike Zone (@CubsUmp) October 21, 2016
Next up: Kyle Hendricks has the tough task of facing not just Clayton Kershaw but the smirking jokes of half a thousand amateur comedians/broadcasters who won’t shut up about the Bartman game for the next 48 hours. I had Pat and Ron on for this game since I was in and out of the room, but there’s no fucking way I listen to the fox broadcast for game six without popping six or seven veins in my head.