Enhanced Box Score: Brewers 1, Cubs 0 – September 11, 2020

There are many takeaways from this one that I probably won’t have to bother even tomorrow, but the biggest one is that the Cubs just ruined the start of a brilliant John Lester. Many of them may not have been found.

The Cubs bats couldn’t get into this one, in part because Brandon Woodruff has the good stuff (as the Brewers relievers do), and in part because the strike zone was a joke tonight. For the record, we’re playing 46 games this season, and I haven’t thought of strike zone ONCE yet this year. I have seen some bad calls. It is evident. But it happens. For the most part, it has been quite fine this year. But tonight? I can’t be quiet, because it was atrocious, and it was coming on huge swing pitches against the Cubs.

The Cubs also had three barrels on the night, and had two outs and a ball that missed a homer with doubles legs to show for them. Usually, you get more out of them.

The decisions in the 9th inning were very bizarre by David Ross, and we have to get to those moments. Sending Rowan Vick out for the second inning was a bit odd, but I’m going to at least clarify (pen used yesterday, could play tie on the road so you need at least one more innings). But when a runner reaches third place with an outsider, and the thing you need the most is a strike, then why drag it to the side of the contact person? Jeffress is great, but he’s probably in the position you want LEAST. Then, don’t you also walk Ryan Braun to load the bases and at least give yourself a better shot with the contact pitcher? Braun takes the wound to the center by hitting a holy fly, so it didn’t matter, but it was a bizarre choice in an inning with two or three.

Anyway, at least Craig Kimbrel actually looked very good at the high-leverage inning, and at least it was:

Full Box Score.