This game got out of hand quickly. Corbin gave up back to back singles to en Zobrist and Kris Bryant to start the game before getting Anthony Rizzo to strike out for the first out. A walk to Wilson Contreras loaded the bases. Bryant and Zobrist scored on a Albert Alomar single, however Contreras was thrown out at third. Corbin allowed another hit, a double this time, off the bat of Addison Russell before getting a ground out from Javier Baez to end the inning. 2-0 Cubs
They were right back at it again in the bottom of the second. Ian Happ lead the inning off with a home run. Jon Lester, the Cubs starter, singled. Zobrist grounded to Brandon “I haven’t been a third basemen in a while” Drury, who threw the ball away, allowing Zobrist to reach and Lester to reach third. Lester then scored on a Bryant sac fly. Zobrist then also scored when Rizzo homered. Contreras grounded out, and Alomar struck out to end the inning. 6-0 Cubs
The Diamondbacks made a bit of noise in the top of the third. A. J. Pollock hit a one out double, and, two batters later, Goldschmidt brought him home with a single. That would be as close as the Diamondbacks got all night, however. The Cubs added two more in the bottom of the inning off a Jon Freaking Lester home run to extend the lead to seven. Corbin was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter, and the bullpen took it the rest of the way. 8-1 Cubs
And take it they did. The Cubs added another seven runs off T.J. MacFarland and one more off Rubby De La Rosa. In the end, the final score was 16-4, though I’m pretty sure no one was actually counting at the end.
The best part of the night, though, came in the bottom of the eighth. The oft-maligned Daniel Descalso replaced Rubby De La Rosa as the Dbacks pitcher and became only the sixth position player to pitch for the team. So that’s always fun. John Lester also did some cool stuff, including his 2,000 career strikeout, but I can’t say I really care.
Only player above 4%: Paul Goldschmidt, 4.1%
Reminding us all why two months ago we were wishing for someone to replace him in the rotation: Patrick Corbin, -38.2%
Same start time tomorrow, with Zack Godly facing off against Jake Arrieta. Should make for an interesting match up. As bad as this game was, we are still in a decent enough position to win the series, with Godley being followed by Grienke. Still plenty of season left. See you all tomorrow.