OSS: Cubs score early and often, hang on to win it.
- Zach Davies looked pretty good in his Cubs debut, cruising through his first five innings while never allowing more than one baserunner at a time and striking out five. He ran out of gas in the sixth and gave up a two run homer, but overall everything appears to be as advertised.
- Craig Kimbrel was straight fire for the second day in a row, and nailed down the one-run save with very little drama. This was the guy that the Cubs signed, and much like Darvish it apparently took two seasons for him to show up.
- The Cubs drew seven walks against a wild Pirates pitching staff, so their eye at the plate seems to be in midseason form. Overall the Cubs drew 15 walks over the three game series.
- While Bryant (2 hits) and Happ (long HR) had a nice day at the plate, that was the sum total of the hits on the day. Walks are nice but three hits might not be enough against teams not named the Pirates.
- Willson had a rough day at the plate, striking out in all four plate appearances. On the plus side his improvements behind the plate were really on display today, so at least he stole a few of his strikeouts back on defense.
- Rex Brothers lit up the radar gun, but the Cubs were pretty lucky that he only gave up one run and not the lead in the eighth inning today. Kimbrel has the ninth inning locked down so far but it may take a few weeks for the rest of the bullpen to shake out behind him.
Next up: The Cubs host the Brewers for a three game set at Wrigley. Pitching probables below:
Mon: Brett Anderson vs Trevor Williams, 6:40 PM CT
Tue: Freddy Peralta vs Adbert Alzolay, 6:40 PM CT
Wed: Brandon Woodruff vs Cyle Hendricks, 1:20 PM CT