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2023 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 89

The Cubs got some key hits and took the series at Yankee Stadium.

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, I’m filling in for Thomas Smith on this feature while he’s away. He’ll bring back the detailed analysis and leaderboards next weekend.

In the meantime, these numbers are much better for Sunday’s game than Saturday’s!

Game 89: Cubs 7, at Yankees 4


That’s quite the chart — the Yankees had a 91.7 percent chance of winning when the seventh inning began.


Superhero: Yan Gomes (.257). Pinch-hit, game-tying two-run single in seventh

Hero: Ian Happ (.136). 0-for-3, two walks, run

Sidekick: Seiya Suzuki (.115). 1-for-3, HR, sac fly


Billy Goat: Kyle Hendricks (-.196). 5⅔ IP, four runs, two HR

Goat: Tucker Barnhart (-.083). 1-for-4, RBI double

Kid: Jared Young (-.062). 1-for-4, single, SB

Doesn’t seem fair to have Barnhart and Young as goats, given that they provided an insurance run in the ninth, but that’s how WPA works.

Cubs Play of the Game: Yan Gomes came to bat as a pinch-hitter in the seventh with runners on second and third and singled in two runs. (.257)

*Yankees/WPA Play of the Game: Anthony Volpe homered off Kyle Hendricks in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. (.297)


Who was the Cubs Player of the Game?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Yan Gomes
    (153 votes)
  • 1%
    Ian Happ
    (2 votes)
  • 15%
    Seiya Suzuki
    (29 votes)
  • 2%
    Someone else (leave in comments)
    (5 votes)
189 votes total Vote Now