Oh boy, some scary/close plays there in the ninth, and a dreaded two-out walk, but Brandon Morrow got it done. And the Cubs, who were on the verge of being threatened by a sweep in the 9th last night, wound up taking the series.
Thank goodness for the blocking-the-play rule, eh? Albert Almora was nailed at the plate on what would have ultimately prevented the Cubs from having the lead in this one, but because the catcher was ruled to be blocking the plate without the ball before it arrived, Almora was ruled safe upon review.
Anthony Rizzo homered for the second day in a row, his 175th as a Cub.
After a one-start respite, we’re back to wondering how this can possibly continue with Tyler Chatwood. Sure, he was charged with just one run, but he also littered the bases with runners, couldn’t pitch out of the 5th inning, and seemed at least 51% lucky as heck not to give up five or more. Even if you set aside any hits, 7 walks and 1 HBP in just 4.2 innings of work is unconscionable. Baseball just doesn’t work like that.
More on that tomorrow, no doubt. For now, let’s just enjoy the win …