A brief review of Friday night’s action in the N.L. Central:
The Pirates spotted the Cardinals an 11-3 lead, then scored five runs in the eighth and two in the ninth and had the bases loaded when Elias Diaz struck out to end the game with an 11-10 Cardinals win.
That’s good and bad. The bad part is that the Cardinals remained 1½ games behind the Cubs. The good part is that it appears that the Cardinals bullpen looks pretty bad. That can’t be good for them going forward.
The Pirates dropped to 6½ games behind the Cubs and they are now as close to last place in the Central as to first place.
The Brewers lost to the Rockies 8-4, dropping into third place and two games behind the Cubs.
The Cardinals and Pirates play Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. CT in Pittsburgh; the Brewers and Rockies on Saturday evening at 7:10 p.m. CT in Denver.
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay CF, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ 2B, Avila C, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Quintana P
Jose Quintana vs. Nick Tepesch
Jose Quintana’s six Cubs starts: one excellent, two good, two decent, one bad. I’d like to see more in the first two categories, please.
He faced the Blue Jays June 16 in Toronto and threw seven good innings, allowing five hits and two runs. The runs were solo homers, one by Steve Pearce, the other by Kendrys Morales.
Quintana needs to do a better job of keeping baseballs in the park. He’s allowed 20 homers in 139⅓ innings this year after just 22 in 208 innings last year.
Nick Tepesch was originally drafted by the Rangers, and he started 39 games for them in 2013 and 2014 with limited success.
Then in 2015, he suffered thoracic outlet syndrome and missed the entire season. Since then he’s been an itinerant, going through the Dodgers, Athletics, Royals, Twins and Blue Jays organizations — and that’s just since June 2016!
He has made two starts for the Jays. One was bad, the other pretty good. He faced the Cubs back in 2013, but only Anthony Rizzo remains from that team. Current Cubs are 2-for-10 vs. Tepesch, which means pretty much nothing.
Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network outside the Chicago market.
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