6 In a Row!
I spontaneously decided to do a write up tonight, because nobody else signed up for it and I was bummed nobody did one this morning.
So apparently it was a hot one in Atlanta today, since Chip and the other guy spent half the game moaning about it. It’s HOT-lanta guys. You never noticed that before?
Anyhoo, Mike Montgomery decided to emulate Oakland Barry Zito today, rather than the San Francisco version he has been mimicking so far this season. M2 gave up just one run on a solo home run by Ender Inciarte, and surrendered just one other hit and one walk in six innings pitched. And don’t look now, but that makes five solid starts in a row by Cub pitchers.
In the first inning, Kris Bryant made the third out by getting caught trying to steal third base and suffered the further indignity of catching his pinky finger on his left hand on Johan Camargo’s cleat during his head first slide and spraining it. Let’s hope it really is just a sprain and K.B. is alright. That would blow if this turned into a nagging injury, especially having happened on such a dumb play.
Apparently not satisfied with a one run lead, in the fifth inning, M2 put his second career hit WAY over the right field wall to double the lead.
In the top of the sixth, Tommy LaStella, in for the injured Bryant, made the most of the impromptu playing time by launching one over the right field wall to pad the lead to 3. TomLaS would go 2 for 3 with a walk on the day.
In the bottom of the inning, Inciarte’s homer made it 3-1, but the Cubs got that one back in the top of the seventh when Javier Baez and Russell hit back to back ground rule doubles to make it 4-1.
Justin Grimm threw a [hiccup], 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. That hiccup cut the Cubs lead to 4-2.
But in the top of the eighth Javier Baez showed Kyle Schwarber—who had struck out on a mighty WHIFF earlier in the day—how it’s done, swinging out of his shoes on a 3-2 pitch with two out and blasting a three run bomb to centerfield to effectively put the game away.
After Koji Uehara loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, Pedro Stop got his back with a huge double play to post a zero in the 8 box. And after Ian Happ drove in on one more run in the top of the ninth, Hector Rondon showed that he doesn’t want to be the one sent to Iowa to make room for Kyle Hendricks as he struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to put the sprinkles on top of the cupcake.
Notes: Victor Caratini got the start behind the dish. He was no Miguel Montero back there, and that’s a good thing. Also, the new Atlanta park looks pretty cool. It’s no Camden Yards, but it seemed better than Ted Field.
The Cubs have the day off tomorrow before they start a weekend series against the dirty birds back at Wrigley. Let’s hope Jake Arrieta can keep the train rolling!