We all know that games in Coors Field don't adhere to the normal rules. Things just get weird there, and I don't need to use any jokes about what's legal there to explain why. There's going to be runs, there's going to be cheap or goofy hits, it's going to take a while, and your pitchers are going to come out of it feeling like they did too many shots of whiskey (there is a such thing, people). And when it ends pretty much everyone is happier it's over than whatever the result is.
Thankfully, the Cubs got two of three from this and they should run for the exit.
This game featured Bryant getting domed, a near fight about where Javy Baez was standing (there was no footage of Gordon Wittenmeyer running out to protect DJ LeMahieu but I'm sure it happened), Jason Heyward struggling with the sun for multiple innings that cost two runs, Albert Almora making two incredible catches, two runs scoring off a hit that kneecapped Carl Edwards Jr., three third basemen for the Cubs, Cishek getting a hit on a bunt when the Rockies tried to fool him into thinking the ball was foul by not having anyone cover first (I assume), it ended on a wild pitch where the runner was actually thrown out, and probably one or two other things I'm missing.
I'm physically tired.
-Once again, it came down to the Cubs having Javy Baez and the other team not having Javy Baez. He had one homer to center that I'm sure has a comedic launch angle because there's no way a ball that left his bat on that angle should have gone out, much less to center. He had the killer two-run double in the 7th that it turned out the Cubs really needed. What was exciting about that AB was that it came with two out and two on, a spot where we've seen Javy go Tasmanian Devil on. But he got a hanging slider, didn't try to turn into plasma, and lined it down the line. If his approach remains this cool with runners on, there's no telling where this could go.
-Jose was unfortunate. If Heyward hadn't lost a ball in the sun he probably doesn't give up a run, as that would have been the third out in that inning. And maybe his fifth inning would have been a little smoother, who knows? The important thing is one walk, and the Cubs need to have far more starts with low walk totals.
-Cishek had his first wonky outing, but hey that'll happen when you're on pace for 90 appearances or whatever. Would have been fine if the ball that lined off Edwards's leg had rolled just one or two feet less away and he could have made that throw to first.
-Once again the Cubs getting the ball in play made a huge difference in Coors Field, because there's so much open space to find. At least early it did, as they once again found runs in the first by the 1000 cuts variety.
-The fear is Bryant, who passed all the concussion tests he took after being taken out of the game. These things can show up later, though certainly not always, and while concussions have ruined some careers the majority of the time they're just a blip and you never hear about it again. Clearly the off day tomorrow couldn't be more well-timed.
-Marquez was clearly spooked from going inside after hitting Bryant, which led to a lot of opposite field singles for the Cubs who clearly caught on pretty quickly.
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