I'm sure that lots of people are going to spend their energy talking about the brain fart Javier Baez had in the 8th inning yesterday when he threw to 2nd without any apparent urgency allowing the Dodgers Andrew Toles to score what turned out to be the winning run.
But consider this - that play happened behind Carl Edwards, who had been called in to save Trevor Cahill's ass after he hit a guy and then threw wildly to first base, allowing the Dodgers to put men on 2nd and 3rd.
Cahill intentionally walks Corey Seager to load the bases and set up the double play (there was one out).
But then Joe Maddon brings in Carl Edwards Jr.
With Justin Turner and his 24 homers and .500 slugging percentage coming up to bat followed by old pro Adrian Gonzalez.
You cannot teach what Edwards learned in the next couple minutes.
Turner couldn't catch up to Edwards heat and struck out.
Now it's Adrian Gonzalez, and Edwards gets him to hit a grounder to short.
You're thinking damn, that Edwards kid has ice in his veins.
But then Baez does the mental mistake and a run scores.
Right then, if the Dodgers were managed by Joe Maddon rather than Dave Roberts, the Dodgers would have done something unexpected - a squeeze or something because the kid on the mound had to be rattled, right?
But they didn't.
And Edwards treated Joc Pederson like it was just another Sunday afternoon rather than Oh My God This Inning Could Blow UP RIGHT NOW.
Pederson struck out looking.
The lead the Cubs have is almost laughable, just from an old Cub Fan's point of view.
And really, if you look at that play as some serious schooling for both Edwards and Baez, well I have no problem with the outcome.
If I'm Maddon, I figure Edwards is someone I can turn to in a huge situation, and Javier Baez ain't gonna make that mistake again.
So, bummer with the 0-1 L, but that was a great game to watch (who knew that Brock Stewart could get 8 Ks in 5 innings?).
And Jon Lester is clearly on cruise control of excellence.
Back to Chicago last night, and tonight it's Jake Arrieta vs the Pirates and their 4 game winning streak.
I'm sure Baez thought about his play all the way back.