It’s really becoming a problem watching this team. Even with a large lead, I’m just constantly on edge, waiting for this team to drop the ball and blow the lead. Games like these just compound on my fear and wonder how we’re even 8 games over .500.
Pitching for the Dbacks today was Zack Godley, coming off a bad start against the Rockies but overall has been very good since the calendar turned to July. For the Cubs was Tyler Chatwood, who had walked more batters than he’d struck out this year. How he’s still in a rotation of a contending team is baffling. Maybe that’s why they’re looking to trade for Cole Hamels?
The first was uneventful, with David Peralta being stranded at first after a leadoff single. Two popups and a weird foul tip strikeout contributed to that. Godley was on point in the first, striking out Anthony Rizzo to lead off the inning and getting two grounders to end the inning, including a doozy of a play from Nick Ahmed.
The D-backs got the bases loaded in the 2nd, as Daniel Descalso singled, Alex Avila and Zack Godley walked with 2 outs. But Peralta grounded out to 2nd, where David Bote made a nice play to save two runs.
The Cubs got on the board in their half of the inning, with Willson Contreras singling and scoring on a single from Schwarber to make the score 1-0.
After a scoreless third inning from both teams, the D-backs responded. Nick Ahmed doubled and Avila homered to left center, scoring Ahmed and giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead. Godley kept em scoreless, getting two ground balls and a fly out to retire the side.
Tyler Chatwood’s wildness backfired in the 5th, as Paul Goldschmidt, Pollock, Marte and Descalso all walked. Of course, Steven Souza grounded into a double play, giving the D-backs the bases loaded with Nick Ahmed at the plate. He delivered on the first pitch he saw from Brian Duensing. 6-1 D-backs.
Godley couldn’t keep the Cubs at bay however, as he allowed a handful of singles and a fielding error to give the Cubs two runs. All told La Stella, Bote and Rizzo singled to push 1 run across, with a Descalso error allowing the 2nd run of the inning to score, cutting the lead to 6-3 D-backs.
As you can tell from the final score, the D-backs offense was stifled the rest of the way. Some of it was self-inflicted, with a Ketel Marte TOOTBLAN to erase a threat but it was mostly the Cubs bullpen doing a great job of not allowing a big inning. The D-backs had a chance with a runner in scoring position in the 9th, but Jon Jay lined out to center to end the inning.
The Cubs scored their 4th run of the game in an inning where they struck out 4 batters. After a 1-out double from Schwarber, Godley served up two wild pitches, allowing Schwarber to move up 180 feet to score. Yeah it sucked.
The back end of the D-backs bullpen was fantastic until they called upon Boxberger in the 9th. Words won’t do it much justice so suffer with me through two homers.
Can we play San Diego already?
oh hey look , the Cubs had a 6.3% win expectancy at one point in this game, including a 11.1% one with 1 out in the 9th.
☆☆☆ - Nick Ahmed (2 for 4, 2b, Hr, 4rbi) +27.1% WPA
☆☆ - Alex Avila (1 for 3, Hr, BB, 2rbi) +20.2% WPA
☆ - Brad Boxberger (.1IP, 2Hr, 3ER) -90.4% WPA (!!!!!!!!!!)
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I don’t fault you for not watching or showing up to the thread, it’s a midday game. That’ll change tomorrow right? RIGHT?
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