C’EST FINI! CUBS WIN! THE LOSING STREAK – THIS ONE – DID NOT REACH DOUBLE-DIGITS!!!
The Cubs were down one in the 8th, and having stumbled all day, it seemed like another loss was assured. But Christopher Morel and Willson Contreras kicked off the inning with hits, Ian Happ knocked in Morel with an infield dribbler, and then Nico Hoerner scored Contreras (nifty slide) to give the Cubs the lead, and ultimately the win:
Adrian Sampson continues his “how is he this effective?” turn, with 5.1 innings of one-run ball. This time he did it without all the whiffs OR the groundouts. It was fly out after fly out after fly out. Very few of them hit hard, and most very routine. He did it with a mere 19% CSW, too. So, yeah, another total headscratcher from Sampson. Absent any other context, I’d look at today and say, “Wow, what a lucky day.” But again, very little hard contact. I can’t wait to keep studying this guy. Seriously. It’s such an enigma to me.
Steven Brault got into his second straight game with the Cubs, who may be wanting to show the world he’s effective in relief before August 2. Seems like a long-shot to me – he’s controllable past this year, so just keeping him seems at least as likely – but might as well, if he’s healthy now.
In a play that wound up being really consequential, the Mets clearly hadn’t read the scouting report on Nelson Velazquez’s arm:
Cubs win, Cubs win, Cubs win, the streak is over.
Full box score.