What a night for Adbert Alzolay.
Not only did he throw four excellent innings, racking up the strikeouts and limiting any kind of threat of a comeback by the Mets, he got to tip his cap to the Wrigley faithful as he strode off the mound in the 9th. That’s a forever memory.
Alzolay looked nasty, but maybe more importantly, he looked comfortable. He looked like he belonged.
So much more on Alzolay coming. And so much more from him coming.
Elsewhere in the game, Tyler Chatwood was not at his sharpest, and he was constantly up on that tightrope, but he did do that thing where he gets an absurd volume of double plays. It was not great, but not horrible.
Chatwood was bailed out a bit by the offense breaking out with RISP hit after RISP hit after RISP hit in the bottom of the third, ultimately plating six runs without the benefit of a homer. The homer came later, courtesy of Javy Baez.