Advanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Pirates 7 – September 1, 2020

Whewwwwwwwww. Which, again and again, was in danger of being bad, bad, bad. It was not just a big blown lead, how did it get there. But, most important: the Cubs won the game. He had to go through some extra innings situations to do so, but he did so. Ian Happ came in with the game-winning hit, Jeremy Jeffress was saved, and all is well.

Okay. Other stuff.

The Cubs had already greatly skewed the number, but six runs from the first five innings usually put you in a good spot. But by the time John Lester got some good luck early with hard work permission, by the 5th he started finding grass. A 6–1 game became a 6-4 game in the blink of an eye, and Lester was drawn to a batter (two or too late) with a run to second base and an out.

With a big assist from Eileen Happ, Colin came out of the ree inning (thick fly permission):

An hour before the 8th bottom rain delayed the score to 6-5. Dan Winkler got the ball after the game resumed, and he gave up a game-tying home run to deceive Kei Bryan Hayes, making his big league debut. Good for that, I think.

But why did Winkler finish 8th in that position, with a rest in the bullpen with Rowan Vick, Ryan Tepper and Jeremy Jeffress? I mean, after tying this game the wick came in the same innings, so…? Generally, I like David Ross’s in-game moves so far this year. tonight? He was slow to pull Lester and I couldn’t find Winkler’s option there. Ross then turned to freshman Josh Oshik in the 9th with two outs and one out, which meant that he was likely to face at least one right (against whom he has been regularly awful). Worked out, but Vic had a little dice to drag it there.

… and then Ross left Ossich for the 10th inning, as the Cubs scored in their half. He got the first out, a leftie on the grounder. Fine. But then he is there to face a worthy, with a race to tie on third, when you absolutely need a strike? I did not get. Naturally, the game is tied at a bouncer in Ossich. And it came to Jeffress. None of that is on Ossich, mind you, who did everything he can except strikes (he’s just against the right in his career at a rate of 17.8% …). that was weird.

But, again, good on the Cubs bat to put together to score in the 10th and 11th and give themselves a chance.

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