Sweet Sixth-ccess - Cubs 7, Dodgers 6

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The Cubs offense could get nothing going through the first 5.5 innings of Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers were staked to a 3-0 lead and looked to be cruising to victory. Then Chicago had an explosive inning that was just enough to pull out the come-from-behind win.

Cole Hamels opened the game pitching around a pair of walks to Justin Turner and David Freese. Walker Buehler side-stepped a Kris Bryant single for a clean bottom of the 1st.

The first run of the game came in the top of the 4th inning. Hamels walked a pair of lefties, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger with two down. Chris Taylor grounded to Anthony Rizzo at first, but Cole was late breaking for base and Taylor beat the throw. Seager never stopped running around third and scored a run.

Hamels walked a total of six Dodgers and was well over 100 pitches in the 6th inning. AJ Pollock singled through a hole in the shift for LA's second hit and Bellinger followed him with a two-run homer to make it 3-0. Brad Brach took over and got the final two outs of the frame.

Daniel Descalso hit a one-out single in the bottom of the 6th. Rizzo walked one hitter later to put two on with two outs for Javy Báez. Buehler jumped ahead of Javy with two strikes, then he opted for a 0-2 slider. Problem was he hung said slider. El Mago thanked him for the gift and sent it to the bleachers in left for a game-tying three-run jack.

Lefty Scott Alexander replaced the starter and was greeted by a double from pinch-hitter, and dad for a third time, David Bote. Willson Contreras was walked intentionally to bring Jason Heyward to bat. Alexander left a fastball out over the outside corner and J-Hey scalded it to the left-center field basket for the Cubs second three-run dinger of the inning.

Brandon Kintzler had a 1-2-3 7th before the Cubs added an insurance run in the bottom half. Bryant was hit with a pitch from reliever Joe Kelly with two down. Tony Rizzo smoked a double into the right-center gap to score KB and make it 7-3.

That run turned out to be very important, as Steve Cishek ran into trouble in the 8th. The firm of Seager and Bellinger singled to put two runners on with two men out. Highly touted rookie Alex Verdugo then slammed his own three-run bomb to cut the lead to 7-6.

Pedro Strop got the 9th inning and appeared to strike out Max Muncy on a check swing, but it was called no swing. Muncy would eventually walk to open the inning. Strop was not deterred, however, he stuck out Kiké Hernandez and got Turner to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to save the 7-6 win.


Source: FanGraphs

Javy B. Good

Javier Báez is an absolute joy to watch play baseball. Wednesday it was clutch hitting and power, other times it's base running or defense. No matter what it is, he helps his team win every day. His cannon arm makes throws deep in the hole almost feel routine. I can't stress how important he is to this team, ok I'll stop, but I could do this all night.

Bryzzo Waking Up?

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are showing signs of life at the plate. Rizzo had the big double and Kris had two very well struck hits. His double in the 3rd nearly scored Descalso if not for a perfect relay throw from Hernandez nailed him at home. If the corporation can get hot, this offense could be unstoppable.

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  • I fell asleep in the fifth. I can't believe I fell asleep in the fifth.

    Thank goodness for Sean's recap, and internet highlights.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Yea, I went to sleep when Heyward hit the basket too lol.....
    11 outta 15 now I think.....we are cooooookin’!

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    Just easy peasy a win for you TC.
    We’re thinking about you.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Thank you! I wanted to watch the game but they poked and prodded me until about 9, so I missed the fun inning. One thing for sure, this team is fun to watch again!

    Words can’t describe how grateful I am for y’all’s support. It means a lot. This place has given me joy for six or seven years now and while John’s presence is always missed the rest of the writers and the Denizens keep this place alive and I hope to be with you for a while to come. I’ll know tomorrow about whether my insurance will cover the full workup to transplant but it’s likely they will. I’ll be going home tomorrow on a 24/7 IV medication that will help me with daily life as I go through the process. My prognosis isn’t great but it isn’t nothing either. I sure would like to see a lot more Cubs baseball. My career is going to wind down here in the next few weeks and I’ll have plenty of time for it and many, many more discussions with y’all!

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    In reply to TC154:

    I hope everything goes well TC.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Best of luck, TC.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Hang in there sir, the journey always begins with the first step.....

  • In reply to TC154:

    I hope the insurance comes through. So sorry.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Prayers TC

  • In reply to TC154:

    Best of luck TC Thanks for the update and glad to hear from you this morning

  • In reply to TC154:

    Best of luck TC. I've always enjoyed reading your comments here. Praying that you get to watch a lot of Cubs baseball and we keep getting to read your words.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I've been out of the loop for a few days and was shocked to read about your situation, TC. Best wishes for a smooth (and insurance-covered) procedure and speedy recovery.

  • The evolution of Javier baez is amazing, he’s a legitimate star and continues to get better

    heyward is the only player in mlb in the top 15 for lowest k rate and highest walk rate.he has been smoking the ball in 2019 too. Highest hard contact rate of his career

  • In reply to bolla:

    If Heyward keeps this going, I'm going to quit regretting his signing.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Whatever that guy Heyward is eating/drinking/smoking/meditating about this year,... I just hope he just keeps right on doing it. Man he's looked good at the plate most of this season.

    And yes - Baez has looked like a superstar since early last season and doesn't seem to be leveling off quite yet. Literally if Bryant/Rizzo are starting to get warm now,... this is going to be a heck of an offense come May and beyond.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Remember when KB was the "sure thing" and Javy was trade bait? We all fell in love with those blue eyes and the entire country immediately started marketing the hell out of that sure thing. Javy is so clearly the one to build around.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Why do people keep trying to use Javy's greatness as an opportunity to bash other Cubs players? Javy is awesome. Virtually all of us love the guy. He is the MLB Unicorn, IMHO, because there is noone like him. But it's not Javy vs. KB. They are on the same team! We love both of these guys. They have both done great things for this team. It's not the blue eyes, it's the fact that KB has been arguably the best hitter on the team for 3 1/2 years until his injury last year.

    I know KB is struggling now, but is this really the time to be throwing him under the bus?

  • In reply to HefCA:

    I've been guilty of that myself, especially back in the "who do we trade, Javy or Soler?" days. I was losing my mind. I've made the effort to get better.

    They are all Cubs, and I want them all to do well. If there is a legitimate debate, such as a positional battle or playing time issues, make your case. But as you state, no need to tear someone down to prop another one up.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    I'm not bashing kris, easy now. Just really happy for javy. The national media just picked the wrong golden boy, that's all.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    "We all fell in love with those blue eyes". It sure seems that you are implying this is the only reason why Cub fans love KB. Somehow we were just suckered in by his good looks, or something to that effect.
    Maybe I'm reading too much between the lines. But that narrative (dreamy blue eyes) was created strictly by the sports media, and has been beaten endlessly into the ground by other sports media "personalities".

    Maybe I'm reading too much between the lines, here, so I'll ease off.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    You are, in my case. His eyes are dreamy.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Shhhh be careful comments like this can cause riots. Kb is god around these parts

    I agree

  • "Javy Baez IS a highlight."
    - Jason Heyward

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    "You can’t read about Javy. You got to watch him. You got to watch what he’s doing. You got to watch how he’s thinking on the field. He’s always thinking ahead. He’s always not giving up on a play, always trying to do what he can to win.

    We have a lot of special guys like that, but Javy is Javy."

    - Jason Heyward

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I've seen Javy in person several times, and I always end up missing some of the other game action, especially when he's on the basepaths. I can't take my eyes off him. He's an artist at baseball. TV doesn't do him justice.

  • Russell aint no Javy.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    There are lots of players I wish I could have seen in their prime

    Heyward is right. One of the things I am trying to make an effort to do, is truly appreciate watching/ listening to him play. B/c he could easily be someone that years down the road, we talk about to others who were to young to see him play.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    Oops that was suppose to respond to Lang

  • Baez is making plays and throws that Russell simply can't make. I don't know what they're gonna do, but they need to move Russell, not Javy.

  • In reply to Ronson54:

    Honestly though, with shifts and the amount of good LH hitters nowadays, does it really matter? Javy will get his hands on the ball either way.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I've seen a couple of plays (especially throws from the hole) that Russell just wouldn't make. Yeah, shifts are a consideration, but I just don't think it's wise to mess with the groove Javy is in right now.

  • In reply to Ronson54:

    We'll see how it plays out, but the Cubs have announced that Russell will start taking reps at 2B in Iowa.

  • I suppose Addison will have to earn his playing time. I doubt that he will walk into his old position just by showing up. Joe will be looking at what's best for the team. Javy can move around the infield without missing a beat though, while Russell is a shortstop and a good one defensively.

  • Having appeared in 11 of the Cubs' first 22 games, I am wondering if Steve Cishek is being overused.

    Is Brandon Kintzler back? He leads the Cub relievers in every pitching performance capacity (WHIP, BA against, K/BB, and probably a whole bunch of advanced stats that I will probably never understand). People tend to forget that prior to last season, Brandon has had a very good career and could be that missing BP (bullpen, not Barley Pop) that we've all been clamoring for.

    And, finally, CJ Edwards was lights out in his one inning of work with Iowa last night. Hopefully, he can put a streak of good performances together and carry that over when he is recalled.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Yeah - If Edwards can recapture some of his missing mojo and get back to being a solid BP piece - even sans Morrow the BP has started to look functional again. It would be better with Edwards in there and dependable.

    In the meantime - Strop is more than serviceable as a closer.

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    Fun fact. Today is the anniversary of Rick Monday's best defensive play.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I didn't know it was today, but knew exactly what you meant as I read your comment.

    I'd like to see some fool try that in front of Schwarber.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    https://youtu.be/t0j1CpbC1t4

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