OSS: Kimbrel still shaky, Cubs pull out another close one anyway.
- It was the Day of Jasons today, as Heyward and Kipnis both homered to drive in the first four Cubs runs.
- Willson Contreras added an insurance run in the eighth inning, which proved to be the winning run. One thing I like about the offense so far is that it feels less boom or bust – instead of one big inning the Cubs are spreading things out a bit, and most importantly getting an insurance run or two late in games.
- Kyle Hendricks didn’t have his best stuff, but still managed to go seven innings, allowing two runs and as usual zero walks.
- Ross rolled Kimbrel back out there with a three run lead in the ninth, and he still wasn’t all the way there. He’s hitting the strike zone but opposing batters are crushing him. I don’t blame Ross too much for giving him another shot in this situation, namely, a three run lead against a second division team, and at least the hook was pretty quick.
- Kris Bryant was the WPA trailer on the day, mostly thanks to a GIDP to end a Cubs rally in the second inning. He also had two punchouts.
- I’m reaching to find much to complain about here, so I’ll go back to a comment I heard on (I think) the radio broadcast on Monday expressing surprise that the Cardinals decided to fire Successful Manager Mike Matheny. (dying laughing) at that one.
Next up: The series moves to KC for two games. Yu Darvish takes on Kris Bubic at 7:05 PM CT.