Right about the time Yadier Molina homered off of Jon Lester in the 6th inning, I was wondering if maybe the Cubs weren’t going to come back in this one.
In recent weeks, that would have been a perfectly reasonable conclusion, but yesterday’s comeback win must have put me in an optimistic mood, because I was still kinda feeling it.
I can’t say I expected a Kyle Schwarber grand slam to be the way the Cubs did it, though … but it was freaking awesome. I was in the right field bleachers watching that ball go, and the eruption at Wrigley was one of the biggest of the year, as you would expect. More on that dinger later.
Jon Lester pitched better than his line shows, thanks to an overly aggressive strike zone. The Cubs’ bats couldn’t do much in support of him outside of a Javy Baez homer. Mike Leake appeared, from my seat, to be very much on his game, and if it weren’t for a pitch that Schwarber really enjoyed, Leake would have cruised.
That was the second straight great win for the Cubs at a time when they really needed it. I am smiling.
I’m also smiling because of this, which will also get its own treatment in a moment: