OSS: Albert Almora brought his glove.
- He was only 1-6 at the plate today, but Albert Almora Jr. made three amazing catches in CF that were likely the difference in this game. He came into the year looking at the short half of a platoon, but he's pretty much guaranteed a spot for himself in the starting lineup with his play in the past week or so.
- Javy just keeps on doing Javy things – the key plate at the plate in this game was his two run double in the seventh that put the Cubs up 9-4. It felt all along that six runs were not going to be enough to win this one, and this hit ended up as the difference maker.
- It's tough to judge a pitcher on Coors stats, but this was a relatively encouraging start for Quintana. He only walked one batter, which was the last one he faced, and was hitting his spots all through the first five innings. Coors being Coors, he made just two mistakes and both ended up in the bleachers, and the other two runs were off a ball that Heyward lost in the sun. Q's line was 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 SO. Given the starting staff's struggles of late that feels like a complete game three-hitter.
Three Four down:
- Of course the bigger story in this game was Kris Bryant taking one to the helmet in the first inning. Based on the radio broadcast he was pretty shaken up at the time but he passed all the concussion tests, thankfully. Concussion or not, taking a 96mph off your helmet has to cause your life to flash before your eyes.
- The umps felt especially ump show-y in this one. Chili Davis and some other hitting coach were tossed after the Bryant HBP after the home plate umpire engaged with the dugout, which is one of those unwritten rules. The second base ump also got into it with Javy later in the game after Javy was deliberately moving in front of a runner on 2b in order to obstruct his view of the signs, which is perfectly legal. There's nothing that says Javy can't range around before a pitch, WTF. Apparently he got the idea from Andrelton Simmons, who did it in the WBC last year.
- Jason Heyward had a rough day in RF, losing several balls in the sun and generally looking very un-Heyward like because of it. It's a good thing RF at Wrigley is notoriously easy to play.
- The bullpen is still having issues with throwing strikes, and they created bases loaded situations in the seventh and ninth thanks to three walks by Cishek and Morrow. Edwards didn't walk anyone, but he threw a ball away after getting hit by a liner that led to and extra Rockies run or two.
Next up: The Cubs have an off-day before heading to Cleveland for a two-game series. Not many people know this, but the Cubs made a historic comeback in that stadium just two years ago to win the World Series.