I did so much writing and drawing, that the tip of my right middle finger became numb. The way I hold a pencil, my middle finger gets a lot of pressure. Whenever I write anything, I tend to push pretty hard. On the scorecards, I write really small, so I need more control, thus I push even HARDER. My middle finger sees a lot of pressure.
It’s really strange to say that my fingertip got numb from filling in scorecards. Almost exactly one month later, I can start to feel with the tip of my middle finger again. Although the feeling is still a bit numb, thankfully, it is healing slowly.
The low-point for the Cubs
Another loss for the Cubs. This might have been the low-point for the Cubs in the World Series. After this loss, the Cubs were down 3-1 in the series. This Cubs team was supposed to be the best in baseball. But the Indians curveball pitching confounded the Cubs.
At least Dexter Fowler hit a home run, which set four new Cubs World Series records. However, that home run came with the Cubs down 1-7. It only gave the Cubs a 1% more chance of winning the game. To give a point of comparison, Dexter Fowler’s leadoff home run in game 7 gave the Cubs a 9% more chance of winning.
Fowler’s home run in game 4 was the lowest impact of all ten home runs hit in this World Series.
- Game 7, Rajai Davis: 39%
- Game 6, Kris Bryant: 14%
- Game 6, Addison Russell: 11%
- Game 6, Jose Ramirez: 11%
- Game 5, Carlos Santana: 11%
- Game 7, D. Fowler: 9%
- Game 7, David Ross: 9%
- Game 7, Javier Baez: 8%
- Game 5, Jason Kipnis: 4%
- Game 5, Dexter Fowler: 1%
(Photo reference Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
One thing the WPA stat doesn’t catch is the fact that Fowler’s home run broke Andrew Miller’s 24-inning streak of no runs allowed in the postseason. Andrew Miller was unstoppable throughout the postseason. But now, at least he gave up a run.
The biggest play of game four
How about that Kipnis 3-RBI home run in the 7th inning? That was devastating, right? Chicago-boy hits a home run against his Cubs at Wrigley Field. Well, that home run didn’t alter things all that much at the time. Emotionally, it hurt. But according to the stats, it wasn’t that bad.
The biggest play of the game would belong to a Kris Bryant throwing error. He had two throwing errors in the second inning. His first error allowed Chisenhall to get on base. His second error would allow Chisenhall to score. The Indians 2-1 lead would not be relinquished. This second error was the biggest play of game four, according to WPA stats. (Photo reference Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
Thus far this series, the downfall of the Cubs has been swinging at curveball off the plate. The Cubs chased outside the zone 51%. Second most of all of 4,860 MLB games this year. Capturing this the most was Willson Contreras third strikeout in the game. The Cubs really needed the run, being down 4-1 in the 8th inning. The runner on second base had to watch Contreras strike out on three pitches. The third pitch was especially bad, as represented by my drawing.
For this drawing of Contreras, I knew it was going to appear small on my scorecard, so I simply traced it on my laptop screen.
At least the scorecards for the next three games were much more positive.
Game four factoids
- National Anthem: John Vincent
- God Bless America: Julianna Zobrist (Cubs second basemen’s wife)
- First Pitch: Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins
- 7th inning stretch: Vince Vaughn
- Attendance 41,706 (101.9% full)
- Indians lead series 2-1
- Wind blowing in 7mph, 59 degrees cloudy
- Jason Hayward makes his first start since game 5 of the NLCS
1st inning (top)
- First 123 inning in the first inning for the Indians this World Series
1st inning (bottom)
- Dexter Fowler doubles because Rajai Davis misses diving catch in left field.
- Anthony Rizzo hits RBI single, and steals second base.
2nd inning (top)
- Carlos Santana hits first World Series home run at Wrigley since 1945 (Hank Greenberg of the Tigers)
- First lead change this series. Lonnie Chisenhall scores. He reach first base on a throwing error by Kris Bryant. He later scores on a throwing error by Kris Bryant. Three of four Bryan’s postseason errors are balls hit to him by pitchers.
- Pitcher Corey Kluber has an 8-pitch at bat and then singles
3rd inning (bottom)
- Anthony Rizzo is hit by pitch on the elbow
- Ben Zobrist has five straight foul balls, eventually strikes out swinging.
4th inning (bottom)
- Javier Baez strikes out on three pitches.
6th inning (top)
- Carlos Santana’s line drive single knocks Montgomery’s glove off at 111mph
6th inning (bottom)
- Anthony Rizzo doubles off the ivy
- Willson Contreras strikes out on three pitches.
7th inning (top)
- Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler dives and misses the ball
- Justin Grimm wild pitch allows Coco Crisp advance to third base (he eventually scores)
8th inning (bottom)
- Dexter Fowler hits a home run
- First Cub World Series home run since 1945
- First Cub World Series home run by an African-American
- First Cub World Series home run by 1-slot in batting order
- First Cub World Series home run by a switch-hitter
- First Cub World Series home run batting righty since 1938 (Joe Marty)
- First Cub World Series home run by a CF since 1938 (Joe Marty)
- First Cub World Series home run at Wrigley since 1935 (Chuck Klein)
- First Cub World Series home run by inning leadoff since 1935 (Gabby Hartnett)
- Final score: Cleveland 7, Cubs 2
- Now it’s Cleveland’s turn to blow a 3-1 lead in the Finals (reference to Cleveland Cavaliers who won the NBA Finals after being down 3-1 in 2015-2016)
Before the game we read to Julia the book “Good Night, Cubs”
Game 4 promos Chicago magazine ran on social media
Chicago magazine website
“The Cubs drew first blood but errors proved costly.”
“Here’s your scorecard for Game 4. Let’s hope there will be three more!”
“So many mistakes and misses last night. Here they all are, in excruciating detail.”
The game 5 scorecard is so exciting, because the Cubs get back on track! Stay tuned for the awesomeness.