- Addison Russell struck the only major Cubs blow in this one with a line drive homer to left that briefly gave the Cubs the lead.
- The bullpen proper performed much better in this one, especially Carl Edwards Jr. Foolish bottom of the ninth decisions aside, Edwards, Strop, and Duensing combined for four innings, allowing just one hit and two unintentional walks with four strikeouts.
- Um…Albert Almora made a great catch in the awful early game sun?
- I thought we all learned about using your closer in a tie game on the road a year ago. Bonus points for pitching a guy who has never appeared in consecutive days in his entire career.
- That dumb decision aside, the pitching staff pitched well enough despite the nine walks for the Cubs to have won this game, but the offense looked like shit. Jansen is really good, but even then the supposed heart of the lineup was making Javy look like a selective hitter. Bryant, Contreras, and Rizzo combined for seven strikeouts in twelve PAs, but it felt like seventy.
- This deserves to show up twice. Pitching a 38-year old pitcher on back to back days in a high leverage situation while your closer is available is just stupid. Ugh.
Next up: The series heads back to Chicago, and as much as I'd love for my home state to host the Cubs, hopefully they don't touch down here again and actually manage to get some sleep. That ABQ Sheraton kind of sucks. Kyle Hendricks takes on Yu Darvish at 8 PM CT on Tuesday.