- Javy Baez homered twice, and Willson Contreras hit the longest HR of the entire season across all MLB (assuming I heard the announcers right) to account for all of the Cubs runs, which was just enough to hold on. The Cubs even managed to put some balls in play!
- We were hoping for Vintage Jake, but we ended up with a mix of Very Good Jake and Effectively Wild Jake. He walked five and hit a batter, but he had the Dodgers off balance for most of the game and they were not getting great contact off of him. He struck out nine, and his stuff seemed to get better as the game went along. A worthy outing if it is indeed his final one with the Cubs.
- Wade Davis came in for the two inning save, and he got the job done. It would have been less stressful if he didn't immediately give up a homer to Justin Turner when he got in, but managed to get the outs when he needed. His strikeout of Utley to end the eighth and the double play ball to end the ninth were the two biggest plays on 'defense' for either team by WPA. DeRosa knows who closes tomorrow if needed. I'm guessing it's Strop. Or maybe Maddon gives the job back to Rondon for the day for old times sake (dying laughing).
- Bryzzo were brutal in this one, combining to go 0-7 with four strikeouts. Rizzo's last strikeout was an especially awful one where he swung at a pitch that hit him, and Bryant tapped out to second to end the possible Cubs rally in the eighth. If the Cubs are going to play more than one more game, these two bats are going to need to emerge from their slumber.
- Joe was tossed on a chickenshit foul tip call in the eighth after Davis struck out Granderson. The home plate umpire (correctly) ruled that Granderson whiffed, but Roberts made a hail mary appeal to the other umpires and the 3B ump bafflingly overruled the HP ump, even with a giant fucking replay playing on the board behind him. Which they technically can't use, but what the fuck. Davis struck out Granderson on the next pitch but that was a bizarre sequence all around.
- I get that Joe (and I guess, by extension Dave Martinez) only trusts Davis out of the pen, but having him bat for himself in the eighth after throwing a billion pitches (for a RP) and not even try to lay down a bunt was pretty dumb. The at bat was pretty funny though, as Davis fouled off something like six pitches from Cingrani. It must have been somewhat easier since he throws nothing but fastballs, but it was still kind of impressive.
Next up: Jose Quintana has a rematch with Clayton Kershaw at 7 pm CT tomorrow.
It sure would be great if they pushed up the start time since there is no AL game. Quintana has had a slightly less crazy past few days than before his last start, let's hope it translates to the mound.