OSS: David Bote puts on a show.
- David Bote came up big in this one, the first multihomer game of his career. The first one was an absolute bomb that hit the second deck in left field that broke the game open for the Cubs. Bote was also hit by a pitch later in the game that led to some words exchanged/reluctant jogging by bullpen pitchers. He also had a solid defensive day despite tallying the Cubs lone error. He made up for it by smoothly turning a DP on the very next play. Bote now has a .296/.397/.556 line on the year, good for a .402 wOBA.
- There were plenty of extra base knocks to go around, as Baez, Bryant, Schwarber (twice), and Rizzo (twice, plus a late HR) all had doubles in this one. Bryant in particular seemed to be making good contact today, though the results didn’t really show it.
- Darvish struggled early, but then looked like a different pitcher from the third inning on. He ended the day with eight strikeouts and four walks (and one HBP) in six innings, allowing just two hits. One was a home run to dead center in his last inning of work, the only run he allowed. IIRC Darvish struggled early in games last year too, and hopefully the Cubs can figure that shit out because innings 3-6 Darvish certainly looked like the guy they paid for.
- A tough day for Taylor Davis, who went 0-4, but his main value is spelling Willson anyway. I’m surprised that Joe hasn’t given Contreras more rest, but with the relatively absurd number of off days built into the schedule in April I guess it’s relatively moot.
- A couple of TOOTBLANs in this one, as Javy was caught dead to rights in the second inning on a SB and Schwarber was picked off of second base in the fourth.
- My confidence in this bullpen is so low that when the DBacks brought in a position player to pitch the ninth inning, down 9-1, my gut reaction was that they were wrong to be punting on this game (dying laughing).
Next up: The Cubs go for the series win at 3:10 PM CT. Q takes on Cards transplant Luke Weaver.