Back over .500!
There’s something a bit anticlimactic – but uniquely fun – about closing out the game on an instant replay review. With two outs in the 9th, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo combined for a great play on a Joey Votto grounder that nevertheless looked like was going to bring the tying run to the plate. But after a review, the replay official must have seen just enough of Rizzo’s cleat holding the bag to overturn the safe call on the field – Cubs win!
Who knew that, on another night with the wind howling out, the only action the video board in right was gonna see was when Kyle Schwarber smashed one into it during batting practice? Offense wasn’t lacking tonight, but unlike last night, it didn’t come by way of the homer. Only Zack Cozart’s *extremely* wind-aided homer left the ballpark:
Zack Cozart's HR was hit 91 MPH at a 36 degree launch angle… That combination has never been a HR before and has been a hit 1% of the time pic.twitter.com/VzPmg8Lmno
— Daren Willman (@darenw) May 18, 2017
Fortunately, his was but a solo shot, just one of two runs given up by Kyle Hendricks over his six innings of work – another fantastic Cubs starter outing in this series when you consider the hitter-friendly conditions.
Mike Montgomery and Pedro Strop combined to make this one a little close for comfort late, but Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis continue to be ridiculous at the back end of the bullpen.
Also, the Cubs had scored just enough off of an old friend early in the game …