OSS: Cubs blow an eight run lead, somehow win anyway
- Addison Muscle hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth to put the Cubs over the top in this strange game. Russell led the Cubs in WPA on the day, largely due to that shot.
- It was one of five on the day by Cubs hitters, including a meaningless-seeming (at the time) shot by Heyward, a two run bomb by Zobrist, and back-to-back shots by Contreras and Schwarber.
- Wade Davis (and I guess Duensing) did a pretty good job of cleaning up the mess that the rest of the staff left them. They were the lone bright spots on a pretty awful day for the pen.
- Woof, the bullpen. they allowed 4-6 runs to score (depending on how you feel about inherited runners) over 3 2/3 innings, and it somehow felt like they should have given up more. Good thing you were well rested, fellas.
- It was not the greatest day for Monty, either, though I guess you can cut him a little slack for wanting to pitch more to contact while pitching with an eight run lead. He gave up two ground rule doubles in the same game, which is one of the weirder stats you'll see.
- Despite the Cubs teeing off on Gausman, Bryant and Baez managed to go 0-9 between them with four strikeouts. Three were Javy's, but you'd expect Bryant to be a guy to really go off on a hitters' night like this was.
Next up: Wade Miley takes on Jake Arrieta in his return to Camden Yards. Miley has been a walk machine this year, so hopefully the Cubs keep their bats on their shoulders more than they did today (2 walks).