Hooray for fun baseball again!
All the Brewers fans in Milwaukee – and no Cubs fans, because you cannot buy tickets there, you see – were treated to an all-around excellent performance by the Cubs.
Jon Lester had it working tonight, with his velocity a tick up from his first start (it looked that way anyway), and his command on point. Was he getting an extra inch or two off the edge of the plate? Was Willson Contreras doing a good job of stealing those strikes? Yes and yes. But Lester’s the kind of pitcher who will be disproportionately successful if he’s getting that edge. And some starts, he’ll get it. When he does, and when the command is on, this is what the start will look like.
The bullpen was flawless and impressive from there, with Carl Edwards Jr. dominating with his fastball, Steve Cishek finishing an inning in four pitches, and Eddie Butler struck out two in a perfect frame.
Offensively, the Cubs got on base plenty, and then finally got some well-timed hits. They also got an extra run thanks to Javy Baez’s baserunning magic. Throw in a Jason Heyward bomb and it was a fantastic night at the plate all around.
And how about this (even if a couple were intentional) …