PHI 5- CHC 4
A well deserved ovation for Arrieta when he came to bat in the 3rd.
Good on Darvish for stepping away from the mound to let the moment linger.
Descalso’s go-ahead Little League home run, officially scored a triple, is one of the highlights of the season.
Descalso was awarded home when the relay throw ricocheted off his foot and into the home dugout giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the 8th.
The play increased the Cubs Win Probability to 85-percent with three outs to go.
Brad Brach pitched well in the 9th.
He had good stuff, but couldn’t close the door.
The checked-swing call on McCutchen was pivotal.
On replay it appears he went around.
Should’ve been strike three.
Should’ve been game over.
Go figure a bloop single by Segura would follow tying the game and sending it to extras.
Realmuto homers off Kyle Ryan in the 10th and the Fightin’ Phils take Game 1.
It’s a tightrope act when you’re relying on serviceable middlemen the likes of Brach and CJ Ryan in the closing innings.
The Cubs need a legit closer.
Not Strop or Kintzler or Cishek or Morrow (if he even pitches again this season).
A bona fide shutdown closer.
6.0 – 1 ER, 8 H – 2 BB, 4 K
Has gone at least 6-innings in 8 of 10 starts.
6.0 IP – 3 ER, 4 H – 3 BB, 7 K
Has gone at least 6-innings in 2 of 10 starts.
Best two starts of the season in back-to-back outings.
SCHWARBER: (1-5, R, 3 K)
First triple of the season.
Modest 4-game hitting streak.
RIZZO: (3-5, RBI)
At least 1 hit in 7 of last 10 games:
12-for-40 (.300 avg.)
5 BB, 6 K
Multi-hit effort in back-to-back games for the first time this season; went 2-for-4 on Sunday.
ALMORA JR: (2-4)
Has hit safely in 11 of last 15 games.
During that stretch:
18-for-53 (.339 avg.)
9 extra base hits.
6 multi-hit outings.
Little League HR
Since returning from a rolled ankle:
3-for-23 (.130 avg.)
1 BB, 7 K
Played 44 straight games before sitting out Monday with a sore heel.
Cardinals released Luke Gregerson.
5.2 IP — 5 ER, 11 H — 1 BB, 2 K — 7.94 ERA
Obviously a rough start this season.
But he’s been a solid performer over the past decade:
66 career saves, career 119 ERA+ (100 lg avg).
Might the 35-year-old Park Ridge native be a fit in the ‘pen?
Take a flyer?
NEXT – Tue. vs. PHI, 6:05 p.m. CT
Zach Eflin (5-4, 2.89)
Jose Quintana (4-3, 3.68)