All of the crazy things that happened in the ninth inning Saturday are summed up here.
Other notes for Sunday:
- LONG TIME COMING: Saturday’s win was the first for the Cubs when entering the ninth inning trailing since June 15, 2019, when Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth at Dodger Stadium.
- HOME AND AWAY: The Cubs are 16-12 at home and 11-8 on the road. Only three other NL teams have winning records both at home and on the road: Dodgers (15-8 at home and 17-6 on the road), Padres (16-6 and 13-11) and Braves (15-8, 12-11).
- UP THE LEADERBOARD: Craig Kimbrel picked up his second save of the season Saturday. It was the 348th of his career. He moves into 12th place in MLB history, passing former Cub Randy Myers. Next up: Troy Percival with 358.
- MORE RELIEF: The Cubs bullpen has posted a 2.05 ERA (13 earned runs in 57 innings) in the team’s last 17 games dating to August 28, holding opponents to a .181 average (36-for-199) and a .541 OPS.
Here are today’s particulars.
Alec Mills, RHP vs. Adrian Houser, RHP
Alec Mills threw six shutout innings against the Reds in his last outing, September 8 at Wrigley Field. He has faced the Brewers once this year, August 14 at Wrigley Field, and actually was throwing quite well until Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer off him in the sixth. Looks like Mills just ran out of gas that night.
The bullpen should be well rested today (and there’s an off day tomorrow) in case Millsy gets in trouble early.
Adrian Houser threw five decent innings vs. the Cubs August 15 at Wrigley Field, allowing three runs. Anthony Rizzo homered off him that afternoon.
Since then his numbers have not been good: four starts, 20⅔ innings, 7.84 ERA, 1.742 WHIP. If ever there were a day the Cubs could finally have the offense break out, this looks like it.
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here is a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on TBS (full national broadcast, no blackouts). TBS announcers: Rich Waltz and Ron Darling.
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