Cubs 3, Yankees 1

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Guest post provided by Tony English

WHAT WENT RIGHT

  • Doug Davis finally got his first win as a Chicago Cub by pitching a 3 hit gem over 7 and a third. Davis didn’t give up his first hit until 2 outs in the 4th. The Yankees couldn’t seem to figure out Davis which might be the strangest sentence anyone has ever written. EVER! The only hard hit ball was the last hitter he faced; Nick Swisher crushed a double that was close to being a home run.
  • Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez both went 2 for 4. Castro hit two doubles and Aramis knocked him in twice with two singles. Castro is looking locked back in at the plate. Hit the ball hard 3 times and on the third ball he absolutely crushed but lined to left. It would have been long gone in yesterday’s game
  • Defense Aramis had a great bare handed play that he makes look so easy and Reed Johnson inserted in left in the 9th made a great diving play that Soriano never could make if he tried a thousand times .

WHAT WENT WRONG

  • Mike Quade’s decision to not pinch hit for Davis in the bottom of the 7th. With only one out it was basically giving up on the inning by hitting Davis, Cubs could have gotten something started with Kosuke and Starlin after a pinch hitter. Davis was already over 100 pitches. Bad decision that I’m glad didn’t come back to haunt Quade.
  • Blake DeWitt hit third again, I’m sure it didn’t make VFTB head honcho Joe Aiello pleased; this move is puzzling to say the least. Hit Blake 6th and go with Ramirez, Pena and Soriano 3rd, 4th and 5th respectfully.

NOTES

  • Today’s game was the highest paid crowd of the season with 42,219 in attendance on an absolute perfect day to be at Wrigley. Someone toss me a beer.
  • Seth Meyers from SNL fame and noted Red Sox fan sang the 7th inning stretch; apparently he was just in town. Seth Meyers afterwards said on Twitter he wasn’t expecting any record deals from his performance.
  • Starlin Castro first 2 hits were doubles. Making it 7 straight at bat he reached base going back to yesterday’s game where he reached base five times

THE TAKEAWAY

Cubs got off to great start in today’s game with a scoreless first and similar to yesterday’s game Kosuke got on and Castro knocked him in with a double, the ball was misplayed ball from Curtis Granderson. The Cubs have won 4 out of 5 and against good teams too. They’ve been hitting the ball hard, pitching better and hey the Cubs are only 9.5 back, 5 days ago it was 12 games. Tomorrow the Cubs try for the 8th time this year to win three games in a row and as we all know they are 0-7 after winning two in a row.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Doug Davis (.344 WPA)

2nd Star – Starlin Castro (.136 WPA)

3rd Star – Aramis Ramirez (.095 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: +.053 WPA

Cubs Pitching: -.447 WPA

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