Jose Quintana got the first two innings, looking a lot like Jose Quintana: the curved ball was strong, the change was inconsistent and the fastball picked up when he fell behind in the count. It was a nice two innings, but nothing that really got you thinking about a playoff role one way or the other.
On the contrary, the four rounds of Adbert Alzolay which followed. Sensational. It featured a slurvy curve ball with an obscene sideways movement, and it had scent after scent after scent. Yes, the Pirates are a terrible attacking club, but Alzolay looked a lot like a guy you’d want in your postseason box. He’s always had the trick, but he’s never had a real look in a backup role over multiple innings. I’m not saying you’re closing the door on him as a possible departure next year, but man, if that’s how he looks in relief right now, then USE it!
Unfortunately, new Cubs left-hander Andrew Chafin couldn’t hold back the 9th, giving up a two-exit circuit to a goober to end it:
– Pirates (@Pirates) September 23, 2020
Not really terrible terrain. Guy has just put his hand very well. Tilt your cap.
Score from the full box.