That was a lot easier to take, eh?
Through a few innings, the Cubs had once again failed to take advantage of opportunities and generally struggled to make hard contact. Thoughts were thought. Nerves were nerved. Butts were also doing things.
But then the fourth inning happened. And the offense kept happening, the Dodgers goofed a couple times, the Cubs’ pitchers worked through the rest of the game, and the Cubs won big. The series is now tied 2-2, and the Cubs are guaranteed to get at least one more game at home.
Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell each had three hits after so much scrutiny over the past couple weeks (and Russell sent a couple deep fly outs to the warning track, too). It was a good night offensively.
On the pitching side, the Cubs got four solid innings from John Lackey, but a couple walks to open the fifth inning ended his night in favor of lefty Mike Montgomery. The only real concern on the pitching side was Carl Edwards Jr.’s early departure with what was dubbed “left hamstring tightness.” We’ll see what the word is tomorrow.
For now, I’ll instead be happy about the Cubs’ win, wished pushed the total runs in the series to Cubs 18, Dodgers 13. It’s just funny how that works sometimes, and how quickly things change.