Cubs 11 @ Reds 8 (Box Score)
THE BRYANT GAME – Last night was a game that will be talked about for year. While it was just a game on a Monday night against a team not in the race, it was a game that Kris Bryant showed part of his plan to take over the world with his evil partner, Anthony Rizzo. This is Bryzzo’s world and we are just small cogs in the wheel hoping to not be eliminated by their greatness. Bryant’s night was a first in Major League Baseball history. Let’s look at the statline for a second.
5 for 5, 3 HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 4 R, 16 Total Bases all while playing Third Base, Left Field, and Right Field. I’d say that deserves a curtain call.
Let’s pause for a moment of silence as we rewatch the home runs off the bat of Bryant.
THE ARRIETA START – Admit it, you’re starting to get a little concerned about what we’ve seen from Jake Arrieta lately. Last night’s start was not Arrietalike and it reminds us that while he can be hittable, we can still win. For the month of June, Jake made five starts, posting a 3-2 record with an ERA of 3.54. It’s not fun to read that, but I think we all knew he could not sustain the type of performances we’ve seen. Now the question becomes: What is the baseline for Jake? I think it’s very important that the Cubs did not sign him to a long term deal this off-season. I think they are wise to take advantage of the window of arbitration that they have and let it play out. If Jake continues to do Jake things, you consider offering him. If he regresses, you consider waiving goodbye and let someone else take on the long term deal. Right now, I’m waiting to see what happens.
THE ROSTER MOVE – Before the game, the Cubs optioned Gerardo Concepcion to AAA and selected the contract of Joel Peralta, who was signed off the scrap heap not too long ago. Personally, I don’t like the move, but they like that he’s had success getting lefties out. I’d rather see Concepcion stay up and get the experience given the fact that the Cubs may or may not have a long term piece in him that they need to find out about. Peralta is a 40+ year old guy that is not a long term part. Concepcion is a guy that the Cubs signed to a multi-year deal out of Cuba and that deal runs out soon. See what you have in him. I don’t like the move.
AAA – Pierce Johnson: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 0 K
AAA – Jake Buchanan: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K
AA – Brad Markey: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K
A – Adbert Alzolay: 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 5 K
SS – Jesus Castillo: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
AAA – Dan Vogelbach (1B): 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
AA – Ian Happ (2B): 3 for 3, HR, 3 RBI (Hitting .733 since being called up)
A – Tyler Alamo (1B): 2 for 4
SS – Matt Rose (3B): 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, R
Yesterday may go down as “The Bryant Game” and I know we all remember and cherish “The Sandberg Game”, which got me to thinking. When you look at other players in Cubs history, it doesn’t even have to be great players, what would you label as their game? For example, when I say “The Kerry Wood Game”, I think we would all agree on the 20 strikeout game. What are some others? Let’s have some fun this morning.