OSS: The Cubs go deep 3 times and played screw the closer in the 8th.
Three Four up:
- Javier Baez was only 1-4, but his 2-out home run in the 7th with 1 man on was the play of the night. Javy hit it way out and broke the 1-1 tie in Cubs favor. He’s got a 113 wRC+ on the season now and is slugging .474. His home run was off a righty, but he’s struggled a bit against them. If he could figure righties out (kind of important if you want to play every day), the Cubs wouldn’t be looking for an outfielder to pick up.
- Kris Bryant‘s home run an inning earlier tied the game at 1. It also broke up a no-hitter by a AAA pitcher so there’s that. It was Bryant’s first home run since before the all star break.
- Baez was the WPA winner in this one, but Jason Hammel wasn’t far behind. He threw 7 very good innings. He gave up just 5 hits and a run, walked 2 and struckout 7.
- Aroldis Chapman made his first appearance in a Cubs uniform and to the surprise of no one, was very good. He made easy work of the White Sox in the 9th though it wasn’t a save situation.
- You kind of have to look around for the poor outings tonight. Miguel Montero was the worst in WPA (-0.08). He was 0-3, but got on base 40% of the time by taking two walks. It definitely was not a bad night for him. In the first inning he grounded out to end the inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd.
- Dexter Fowler hasn’t looked very good since his first game back. He was 0-4 tonight with 2 strikeouts and a walk.
- We didn’t do a game recap yesterday so I’m going to add this here. Clayton Richard was on this team for weeks or even months longer than he should have been. This spot on the Three Down belongs to Theo Epstein for not releasing Richard sooner. Sorry, there aren’t any excuses for keeping Richard around.