Tonight the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians finished their season series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs sent Jon Lester to the hill, while the Tribe countered with Aaron Civale. How did it go?
The Indians did everything in their power to giftwrap this game for the Cubs until Javier Baez hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 victory, their fourth in a row and the Indians’ 7th straight loss. The Cubs are now back to 10 games over .500 for the first time since their 13-3 start. Let’s get to this:
Baez. Two games ago he scored from second on a sacrifice fly. Last night he scored from first on a strikeout. Tonight he hit what looked like a tailor-made double play ball that got thrown away, and he wound up on third. He then scored on a Cameron Maybin infield single. To top it off, he drove in the winning run in the tenth, after joking around with the Cleveland team during a mound visit at the start of his at-bat. When El Mago is having fun, we’re all having fun.
Maybin. A really nice diving catch early in the game, plus he went 2-for-3 with an RBI. He’s been pretty decent since coming over from Detroit.
The Cubs got a scoreless inning apiece from Ryan Tepera, Rowan Thicc, Craig Kimbrel, Jeremy Jeffress and Jason Adam. I don’t know what wizardry Tommy Hottovy’s been performing, but the bullpen has turned from a liability into a pretty large asset over the course of this truncated season.
The Cubs had a decided lack of situational hitting, going 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and leaving 8 men on base before Baez put this one to bed. This game was a lot more interesting than it should have been.
Some nimrod found himself (or herself) with nothing better to do than to fly a drone over the field, which led to a game delay of about seven minutes. Great work, asshole.
The Cubs are off tomorrow before the Twins take the red line up for a weekend series. The magic number sits at 8.