Things You Should Know for Thursday
Cubs Win Again…Thanks To Me
I mentioned it yesterday, but I’ll say it again. If you need my address for the thank you cards, just let me know. On Friday, I printed out my scoresheet and scored the game. The Cubs won. On Saturday and Sunday, I did not score or watch. The Cubs lost both. Monday night I got out the scoresheet and the Cubs brought out the win. As you might guess, last night I was on the couch scoring. You’re welcome.
In all seriousness, I’ve been reading all the comments on the site this year from all of you negative Nellies and it’s disappointing. Do you not remember the awful stretch the team went through last year before the All Star break? Those stretches happen. This hasn’t been near as bad, as the Cubs are around .500 all year. Be patient and know that we’ve done this with basically just Kris Bryant hitting the baseball. We’ve yet to see Anthony Rizzo get hot. We’ve yet to see Kyle Schwarber get hot, or Addison Russell. Be patient. It’s coming and you’re going to feel silly for doubting.
Last night, on a night with crazy win gusts to centerfield, the Cubs put up seven runs. Not one came as the result of a HR. In the 2nd, they scored five runs all without the benefit of a HR and just three hits. Be patient guys. Good things are coming and perhaps we’re starting to see it with this series.
We’ve Got A New Johnson
Before the game, the Cubs optioned IF Jeimer Candelario to AAA and recalled Pierce Johnson. Johnson is a former supplemental 1st round pick from 2012 by the Cubs and was once considered a top prospect in their system. He’s converted from the rotation to the bullpen this year and should serve as some depth as the pen as been a little taxed of late.
How About That?
If you missed the game yesterday, you missed the highlight of Bryant’s bat getting stuck high in the protective netting. It was quite comedic, and I’ve never seen something like that before. I’d embed the video, but MLB is a whore and doesn’t let me. So, you’ll have to settle for a link.
Before the game, Schwarber broke a sign. Seriously, Kyle? This is why we can’t have nice things at Wrigley. I’d show you the video, but MLB is a whore and doesn’t let me embed it. So, watch it here.
Garrett, who will be recalled from Triple-A, has been one of the Reds’ better starters this season. His demotion on May 7 was more a case of the club having a couple of days off close together. He’s averaged six innings per start with a 1.19 WHIP. Lester has pitched well his last two outings but doesn’t have much to show for it. Maybe being back at Wrigley will help, where he’s 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts. In his last outing, he gave up three earned runs over 5 2/3 vs. the Cardinals.
AAA – Iowa Cubs (17-21) Won 5 to 4
SP – Casey Kelly – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K
C – Victor Caratini – 3 for 5, R
AA – Tennessee Smokies (23-17) Lost 3 to 2
SP – Zach Hedges – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K
RF – Jeffrey Baez – 2 for 4, 2 2B
A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-19) Lost 6 to 2
SP – Tom Hatch – 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 7 K
LF – Eloy Jimenez – 1 for 3, BB
A – South Bend Cubs (25-13) Won 7 to 5
SP – Manuel Rondon – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K
SS – Isaac Paredes – 3 for 4, HR, 3 RBI