OSS: There's nothing like Bronson Arroyo and the wind blowing out at Wrigley to wake up an offense.
- The Cubs 'only' hit four home runs in this game, but somehow it felt like there were a lot more. Of all of them, Kyle Schwarber's bomb into the back rows of the RF bleachers was the most impressive, and it snapped a 0-17 streak. Russell and Rizzo also homered their way out of slumps, and Ian Happ added his second homer of his big league career.
- The biggest play of the game could have been even bigger than it was. Willson Contreras hit a bases loaded ground rule double in the first inning that got stuck in the vines, scoring two instead of three.
- John Lackey pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs. On a night like tonight, anything less than six runs felt like a success.
- The only Cubs starter in the lineup without a hit today was Javier Baez, whose season line stands at .228/.264/.430. His glove hasn't quite been enough to paper over some of that this year, but maybe a little time off once Zobrist gets a little healthier might help him out.
- His double play partner hasn't looked all that good at the plate lately either, basket HR today aside. He had the biggest negative play of the game when he popped out with the bases loaded in the first.
- They can't face Arroyo again tomorrow. Though come to think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if he was available tomorrow if they needed him. I can't wait until he develops a knuckleball or something and pitches into his 50s.
Scott Feldman takes on Kyle Hendricks, same bat time, same bat stadium. Maybe some new bats though.