No one wanted Jose Quintana to get hurt, but the silver lining there is that it gives Alec Mills a chance to show that his development over the past two years at AAA (and flashes of success in the major leagues) has made him a legitimate starting option. Tonight he showed what he can do in his best conditions: he commands five different terrains, constantly changing speeds and locations, keeping hits out of balance.
Naturally, the only damage Mills gave up was a double shot (concave, oops) to Nick Castellanos. I miss you, Nick.
After Mills, much to everyone’s shock, the Cubes had great relief! Casey Sadler came in and not only scored three, but thanks to a missed third shot, he actually had to get four outs in his perfect 7th inning. It was really good looking inning…. Then Sadler came back from the 8th (full disclosure, I was perfectly fine with that decision) and immediately gave up the homer of Kurt Casali, who is a real baseball player. Ah. Baseball.
Similarly, in the 9th, called to end the five-run lead, Ryan Tepera looked nasty once again, hitting the first two tests … and then walking Aristide Aquina before firing a double shot at Freddie Galvis (though of a pop fly with an average value of .1
The Cubs bats again just looked very good and confident on the plate, with even better contact tonight than their eight tracks show. Just slap the ball all over the yard after a few long bats. You love to see him.
And this man had a night:
Full field assessment.