Welp. The Chicago Cubs came close to sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field this week, but couldn’t close out the third game as the bats fell mostly silent.
Even still, taking two of three from that team right now was a big accomplishment, and although we’re not ever going to be happy about today’s outcome, the series as a whole still goes to Chicago.
As for specifics, there’s not too much to mention, as the Cubs offense scattered just seven hits and three walks over 9.0 innings. I suppose outside of a caught steeling, Javy Baez did have a good day (2-4) nearly launching one out of the park for what was ultimately a long single. According to Chris Kamka, he now has 7 multi-hit games in his last 10 games.
There’s also this:
Javier Báez just hit a 371' single.
He hit a 369' home run last night.
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 25, 2019
If only that left the yard, because … Albert Almora cut the Dodgers lead in half with his first extra-base hit – a homer off Kenley Jansen, because #baseball – of the season in the ninth, but David Bote stuck out promptly immediately thereafter. For a minute, I let myself dream, because of Bote at the plate, but oh well.
In any case, Jon Lester made a successful return from the Injured List, and managed to get through 5.0 innings allowing just one earned run to a very good offense and despite using just 79 pitches. He also walked none and struck out 5. Oh, and his ERA is now down to 2.37.
Onto the next.