Organizational Recap – Drawing the Short Straw
Well, someone has to write about every game and I drew the short straw on this one.
Once the Cubs failed to even get one run across the plate in the first, it appeared that it would be one of those days.
I don’t have a lot of positives to report early on. We all know that Kyle Schwarber will have his limitations in the outfield, however, hitting the cutoff man shouldn’t be one of them. Also, if Jon Lester is finally going to force a runner into a run down, the result can’t be an easy drop at home to give up a run. The Cubs trailed 5-1 after two innings.
As the game crept on, I switched often between the NBA and NHL.
One interesting thing I did catch with the game was Pirates rookie, Gift Ngoepe, getting his first major league hit. As many of you know, Ngoepe is the first player in MLB history born in Africa. It was a pretty big smile after getting that first hit. Here’s a link to a short article from mlb.com that talks about Ngoepe. I like seeing historic things that happen in the MLB.
Then the Cubs did what they do over the past couple of years, they hung around and hung around. Unfortunately, even with an Anthony Rizzo two-run bomb and a couple of base runners in the ninth, the offense couldn’t do quite enough to overcome Lester’s poor start as the Cubs drop the series finale 6-5.
Ultimately there ended up being some positives as the Cubs showed that they aren’t ever going to be an easy out and will be relentless in trying to come back. I also really liked Carl Edwards Jr.’s inning. The end of game relievers could end up being as imposing as the Royals were in their championship year a couple years ago.
Bottom line, over 162 games, there will be multiple days like this. Keep fighting, stay healthy, and move on to Boston.
Let’s take a look down on the farm and see if anything exciting happened there on Wednesday.
Iowa (AAA): No game, hosts Colorado Springs (Brewers) on Thursday. It will be Schedule Poster Night as well as Mug Club Night.
Tennessee (AA): Have a day young man. Third baseman Jason Vosler hit three two-run homers to pace the Smokies to an 8-4 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins). Starter Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three runs over six innings to get the win. The Smokies play on the road against the Mississippi Braves on Thursday.
Myrtle Beach (A): A quick look at the box score shows nothing overly spectacular by any individual, but the cumulative effect is a 7-3 Pelican victory against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals). The home series continues on Thursday as Thirsty Thursday, Kids Run the Bases, and Player Autograph Session Night are the promotions in Myrtle Beach.
South Bend (a): The wind must have been gusting out in Lansing, MI on Wednesday. The Cubs out-slugged the Lugnuts (Toronto) 14-9. Shortstop and lead-off man, Zack Short, reached base six times and third baseman Vimael Machin hit a homer and drove in five to lead the Cubs to victory. Starter Jose Paulino had a rough outing giving up seven runs (five earned) through four innings. South Bend plays at Fort Wayne (San Diego) on Thursday.
On a personal note, I plan on getting to Chicago for a Cub-Cardinal game in July. Are there better sources of tickets in blocks of 4 or 8 than Stubhub? Better to order tickets now or wait until closer to July?