When the Cubs starting pitcher strikes out three batters in an inning and also has to get two other outs in the inning … and that isn’t the most frustrating part of the game, you know it was a doozy.
So it was for Jon Lester and the Cubs through six innings, including the sixth inning when the Cubs finally broke through with a run (because that inning also featured a rally-killing double play). Addison Russell left the game with an injured heel, the Cubs could not get a hit with runners on, and the Brewers had built a four-run lead until the Cubs got that one run. It didn’t look good.
But then the Cubs erupted for five runs in the 7th inning (Anthony Rizzo’s bases-clearing double was the big blow), and that was the difference in the game. How about that!
Joe Nathan made his debut, and we’ll talk about it more tomorrow – short version? His first 12 or so pitches looked, well, awful, but then suddenly they looked crisp, had good movement, and he struck out the heart of the Brewers’ lineup in order. It was encouraging to say the least.
The way the game ended was encouraging, too. Coming back the way they did, holding it down, getting the series win.
Amazing comeback win for the Cubs, especially on a day when it looked like they had no shot. But I could help but notice this oddity in the box score …