OSS: One. Day. More. *
- Kris Bryant got the Cubs rolling with a solo shot off Mike/Josh Tomlin/Timlin. If only the Cubs had done this in game three like they should have done. KB added three more singles on top of that bomb, clutching it up in what would be described as the biggest Cubs game of the season, except for this whole game seven thing.
- Pre-emptive congrats to Myles on the birth of his third kiddo following the Addison Russell grand slam in the third inning.
- Aside from the grand slam, which is the last play from this game that I’ll still remember when I’m in my dotage, Russell also had the highest WPA play in the game in no small part due to the defensive incompetence of the Cleveland OF. I swear Lonnie Chisenhall has had like 37 misplays in RF this series. Too bad the Cubs couldn’t hit a whole bunch of balls towards Carlos Santana when he was impersonating a statue in LF at Wrigley Field.
- Jake Arrieta was fucking dealing tonight, striking out nine in 5.2 innings and only running into real trouble in the fourth following a leadoff double by Lindor and Joe West being Joe West. The Cubs backs were against the wall in this elimination game and he delivered and then some. Fear the mother fucking beard y’all. Or don’t. I can’t tell you what to fear.
- Anthony Rizzo also had a great game, going 3-5 while scoring in both of the Cubs early rallies and hitting an insurance HR in the ninth inning when a five run lead felt like the game was on a knife’s edge (dying laughing).
- The 3-4-5-6 batters of the Cubs lineup combined to go 11-19 with 9 RsBI. Not too shabby.
- Heyward and Baez didn’t have much going at the plate yet again today, but both brought their gloves today making great defensive plays to stand this lead up.
- Shoutout to Cubs diehards Dave and Jack at the dive bar down the street from my hotel, who bought way too many rounds of Jameson during and after this game. I am amazed I can even type right now (dying laughing). This is my first time in San Jose and I already feel welcomed like a local. Bonus shoutout to Bob, the stone cold badass quadriplegic Giants fan regular at the bar who was pounding Jack and Cokes that we managed to convince to root for the Cubs despite the fact that he had bet on Cleveland to win the series (dying laughing).
- I’ve only got one complaint about this game, and it is What the ever-living fuck was Joe thinking when he was trying to ride Chapman with a five run lead? I get that the guy will no longer be a Cub as of Thursday, but by DeRosa’s Stubble, you want to make sure you can use him in Game Seven. He threw 20 pitches to get his four outs but I may or may not be sweating bullets over a game seven appearance after this and how much he threw in game five.
Next up: Kyle Hendricks faces Corey Kluber, working on short rest for the second start in a row. This one is for all the marbles. All the palantir or some shit. I don’t remember LotR that well and am too drunk to look this up. Tomorrow we’ll discover what our Mark DeRosa has in store.