OSS: Cubs offense scores a disappointing eight runs, manage to win anyway.
- Kyle Schwarber got things rolling with a three run homer in the first off of Kevin Gausman, who is actually not as terrible as I remembered after looking at his career stats. War Bear leads the team with 37 home runs, though sadly not 37 in a row.
- Jason Heyward continues to shake off the curse of the leadoff spot, homering and walking twice in this game.
- The bullpen was…solid….again (?) after another early exit by a Cubs starting pitcher. Cishek, Mills, Wick, Ryan, and Phelps combined for 5.2 innings of shutout ball, walking two and striking out five.
- Cole Hamels had his third straight short outing, and on the heels of yet another short outing by Q. Thank goodness for the expanded rosters.
- Anthony Rizzo is in a walking boot for the next week, and I think he’s probably done for the year, no matter how far the Cubs could potentially get into the playoffs. This is probably just my annoying, months long, low grade ankle injury talking, but ankle injuries suck balls.
- The Cardinals and Brewers both won, so the Cubs tragic number drops and the WC magic number remains unchanged.
Next up: Sonny Gray takes on Yu Darvish at 7:05 PM CT.