OVER .500 BABY!
Willson Contreras cleared the bases in the first inning with a double, and that would actually prove to be all the Cubs would need, though they wound up tagging Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda for six runs in the first two innings.
That’s because Jose Quintana was truly excellent once again, allowing just two runs over his 7.0 innings of work (and without an egregiously missed PAIR of strikes, it would have been just one run). The results, against a killer Dodgers lineup, were all kinds of impressive. But maybe more impressive was simply how Quintana *looked.* He is just pitching with so much confidence right now, commanding his pitches, locating with ease. I’m not sure we’ve seen Quintana look this good with the Cubs over a three-start stretch.
The bullpen got into a thorny spot in the 8th, naturally, but Kyle Ryan got out of it, and then finished things off in the 9th to close out the win.
It was another great night for Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo went deep, and obviously Jose Quintana was the star. But still, I have to point this out at some point: