Also nice to see in a row? SIX quality starts in a row for Cubs. In the first two weeks of a season where restart time was limited. It’s amazing what the Cubs did.
Also nice to see? Jeremy Jeffress perfect in the 8th, then Colin Rea getting the 9th (five points ahead)… throwing 95 mph with a solid breaker. He’s been a starter (he was last year’s PCL pitcher), but he’s a pretty interesting raised bike bump.
The Cubs got their first inning on a simple bloop from Javy Báez down the straight pitch, although the emphasis was on Báez not coming out of the box on what should have been an easy brace. Good. Yes. Of course. But, a few things: (1) it wasn’t Báez who was lazy – he was clearly really confused as to where the ball came out of the stick; and (2) if Báez had finished second with Rizzo third, it’s possible the infielder could enter, and it’s possible that Willson Contreras’ next grounder just off the shortstop could turn into a home out. Just by saying you can’t always guess what’s going on!
Also, it was Báez who drove in the Cubs’ third run in the 8th run, so I’m not interested in riding him much. This race, which was followed by another on a single Willson Contreras, was done entirely through a two-exit rally. In the 9th, the Cubs added another couple with two strikeouts. I love to see this. I imagine I like to see a lot of things that I saw in this game.
Score from the full box.