Organizational Recap – Crap
So, I thought that if I wait until early Saturday morning to write this post…it would make the negative emotions of yesterday’s game go away. I don’t know why I thought that would be the case because for 33 years I have wore my Cubs emotions on my sleeve with it taking me days, sometimes a month, to get over. Friday’s game against the New York Yankees was one of them.
At one point in the bottom of the 8th inning, I thought to myself that this was probably the best game that I have watched this season. My games are usually recorded since I have 4 kids and watching a whole game live is next to impossible. Doing it this way is a plus because 1) the game doesn’t last as long as I fast forward in between pitches and 2) I usually get to miss all the intelligent conversation had between Len and Jim. But on this Friday, home with my two sick boys, I decided to go ahead and watch the game live. I didn’t think that this was the best game I’ve watched because WE WERE WINNING BY 2 RUNS. This was the best game I’ve watched because their was some solid pitching by both teams (Hendricks 5.1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 BB’s, 6 K’s) some “windy” errors by both teams (Jon Jay and Aaron Judge), and two big hits by Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber (both to right) that provided all the games offense up to that point.
Then we got to the top of the ninth. Usually in the past when Hector Rondon came into the game as a closer, pre Aroldis Chapman, I would go ahead and get my emotions in check as I knew a collapse were to probably happen. But with Wade Davis given the day off to rest after pitching in three consecutive games (Tuesday’s 8-3 game could be argued that Davis probably didn’t need to pitch in) and Rondon actually pitching solid up to Friday, I was in a better place emotionally to accept that he would come in and work a clean inning to wrap up the game. Faith in Rondon once…shame on you. Faith in Rondon twice…shame on me.
The inning started off spectacular as Didi Gregorius grounded into a 3-1 first out. Chase Headly then singled to left….ok. Wild pitch by Rondon allows Headly to advance to second….no worries. Chris Carter comes to the plate and strikes out….ok, here we go, two outs. Pinch hitter Jacob Ellsbury comes to the plate and walks that brought up Brett Gardner with two on and two out….ok Rondon, you are starting to play with my emotions more than I wanted. But I still felt good about the situation since Gardner didn’t look all that impressive the first 3 times up to plate as he struck out in two of those at-bats. My two year old son, who was sitting in my lap, was mimicking me as I was chanting “Let’s Go Cubbies. Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap”. Then the pitch came. It was a breaking ball in which Willson Contreras characterized as being a good pitch but being in a bad spot. It was thrown down and in that Gardner golfed into the right field bleachers. Gone were the smiles. Gone was the playful mimicking. Gone was the car book that my two year old was holding at the time (earmuffs son, earmuffs). Return of the same Rondon that had me squeamish in the past. Yankees 3, Cubs 2. Just like that.
This type of outing can jack with a player’s career. Rondon doesn’t have the best “forget about the previous day” attitude to begin with. The team really needs to keep a close eye on him for the next month. If I am Joe Maddon, I don’t pitch him for a week if I can help it. I applaud the team for ridding themselves of Justin Grimm. If Rondon implodes from this, he will need to be looked at as part of a trade package because he will not be useful to us again this year (look at last years post season).
The Cubs made some sort of a small run in the bottom of the 9th as Russell Addison was on base from a two base error. Should have Maddon made Jason Heyward bunt? Who knows. He’s a lefty trying to bunt a 100 mph heater…probably won’t get it down and be the same as a K. Contreras grounds to third and Javier Baez K’s to end the game. The end.
What was considered by myself as one of the best games I had watched all year, all of a sudden turned into gut wrenching loss. A loss that, as I have stated earlier this season, I hope doesn’t come back to haunt us when trying to lock down the division. This is a loss, that even after 12 hours later, still makes me sick. Breaking ball low and in. Gardner golfs it out. Then cusses and smiles as rounding the bases. Saturday is a new day. Hope we have Wade Davis available.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs 7, New Orleans Baby Cakes 1
WP- Aaron Brooks (2-3) pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 ER. K’d 4 and walked 0.
TH: Chesny Young was 3-4 with a double, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI
Double A: Tennessee Smokies vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp ppd because of rain.
Advanced A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4, Bules Creek Astros 2
WP: Dillon Maples (4-0) pitched 2 innings, 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 3 K’s
TH: Jesse Hodges was 1-3 with a Home Run and an RBI.
Class A: South Bend Cubs 6, Clinton Lumber Kings 6 Play suspended after the 17th inning
Top Pitcher: Bryan Hudson pitched 5 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits
Top Hitter: Zach Short was 2-6, three walks, 1 run