Cubs Heroes and Goats 2017 biggest WPA countdown: No. 5 negative

Another bullpen meltdown, this one from Koji Uehara.

Two weeks ago, we covered the game of April 15. In that game, the Cubs had the lead in a game that Jake Arrieta started. When Jake left, the Cubs were leading 6-3. Brian Duensing and Pedro Strop combined to allow five runs in the seventh and the Cubs were unable to recover. That game dropped them to 6-5.

The Cubs had to be cautiously optimistic though with Jon Lester on the mound the following day. They would have a chance to bounce right back. Lester was superb on this day. Unfortunately for the Cubs, Jameson Taillon was matching him on the other side. Taillon threw seven innings allowing only seven hits and three walks. He struck out six. That seventh inning turned out to be one too many though for him. With the score still tied at zero, he allowed a lead off single to Jason Heyward. Willson Contreras then grounded weakly to short but the Pirates botched the force at second and both runners were safe. Tommy La Stella followed with a double and the Cubs had a 1-0 lead.

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