Cubs 5 @ Braves 1
- The Cubs: I didn’t think I’d be saying this in 2012, but this Cubs team is starting to become fun to watch. For a team that hasn’t been playing for anything but pride and paychecks since tax day, it’s nice to see them finishing off the (statistical) first half of the year on a high note and playing hard. Even Soriano seems to be expending effort lately. I’m starting to get nervous about the “Under 60 wins” bet I made back in March.
- Bryan LaHair: The All-Star turned in another All-Star performance – 2 for 3 with a homer, a walk, and a game winning RBI, not to mention a great diving catch in right field. I was firmly in the “there’s a reason this guy never stuck on a big league roster” camp with LaHair before this season. I was wrong. Well, maybe there was a reason, but there is certainly no sign of it now.
- RZO: I think I’m falling in love with you, Anthony Rizzo. With his eighth inning home run, Rizzo has now gone yard with 30% of his hits this season; 6 of his 10 hits have been for extra bases. Oh, and then there was the weird delayed steal attempt in the first inning that allowed Starlin Castro to hustle in from third to score the Cubs’ first run of the night. I’m not sure if he was told to run or if he was just paying homage to the little league strategy of always stealing second with runners on first and third. I’ll chalk it up to youthful exuberance.
- Pitching: Paul Maholm earned his second consecutive win allowing just one run on 8 hits over 6 innings. The bullpen pitched three innings without surrendering a hit (including a one inning, non-save appearance by Carlos Marmol). I have nothing to complain about here.
- Dave Campbell: I love when Dave Campbell fills in for Brenly.
- Nitpicking: The first inning was a little shaky for Maholm as he got himself into a one-out, bases loaded jam, but he induced an inning ending double play to get out of it. Michael Bourn, Martin Prado and Chipper Jones combined for seven hits against Maholm, but he limited the damage by holding the rest of the line up to just one hit.
- The game was great. Not so great was the over-the-top patriotic themed clothing that a few in attendance at Turner Field were wearing. Yes, it’s Independence Day and we live in a great country. That’s no excuse to go out in public wearing things like these:
Notable Performances on the Farm
July 4, 2012
Adrian Cardenas, Iowa: 2-3, BB, R
Zeke DeVoss, Peoria: 1-3, 3B, BB, R
Taiwan Easterling, Peoria: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Dustin Geiger, Peoria: 2-3, 2 HR, BB, 3 R, 3 RBI
Antonio Gonzalez, DSL Cubs2: 2-3, SB, BB, R
Chadd Krist, Boise: 3-4, 2B, 2 R
Roderick Shoulders, Boise: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Rubi Silva, Daytona: 2-4, 2B, R
Oliver Zapata, Peoria: 2-4, HR, SB, R, 3 RBI
Jeffrey Lorick:, Daytona: 1.3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K
Austin Reed:, Peoria: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K
Carlos A. Rodriguez:, DSL Cubs1: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K, 2 BB