Well that was a particularly wild, back-and-forth evening. I thought the Cubs were cooked about three different times, and they kept coming back. When was the last time they came back from being down three runs in the 6th inning or later? Sometime last … June? I’m probably forgetting something.
Not only that, but the Cubs also managed to win after losing their own lead late. Thank you, Patrick Wisdom.
The Cubs started the night just BLISTERING the ball off of Eric Lauer, who’d previously owned them this season. But thanks to ill-timed strikeouts and plays on defense, that amounted to just one early run. Most nights the Cubs can do a little scoring early and then shut down, but tonight they could’ve scored quite a bit more off of Lauer early on (they added two off of him, one a gift, in the 4th).
They turned it on in the 6th, though, after briefly giving up the lead in the top of the frame – Cubs went for the cycle and scored four runs.
The bullpen had another rough night – an uncomfortable theme lately – but at least Mychal Givens held it down late, and David Robertson was nails in the 9th. Justin Steele ground his way through five mostly successful but inefficient (his main issue) innings. Will give him a deeper look when I’m not crashing.
Lotta great nights at the plate, but wanted to highlight this one: