Cubs 6 @ Marlins 9 (Box Score)
WHY I LOVE JOE – Yesterday saw Willson Contreras playing LF. Earlier in the week we saw him playing first base. This is the “catcher of the future”, just like Kris Bryant is the “third baseman of the future”, yet we have seen Joe Maddon move these guys around to get them versatility. It’s a big reason why this team is so deep and able to withstand injuries. Guys get thrown in there and it keeps them on their toes. I like that it’s crept up to the Majors, because it’s been percolating in the Minors since this new regime took over. I’m not one of those guys that things all is wrong with the game and that we need to throw out scouts, etc. What I am is a guy that is OK with questioning what we’ve done in the past and wondering if it could be done better. It may be able to be improved in some areas and not in others. You never know until you try it, and Joe has been open to trying new things and challenge the traditional way of thinking. For that, I love him. Embrace change.
BAD LACKEY – We haven’t seen bad John Lackey much, if at all this season. In fact, we haven’t seen bad starting pitcher performances much at all this year. It comes as a surprise when it happens and yesterday is an example. He failed to get out of the 5th inning and had to come out with runners on base. In his last start, he threw to Contreras and seemed to have some frustration on the mound. I actually wonder if that is why Montero was back there for this start instead of Contreras, but it didn’t matter. It happened. It’s over, and it’s time to move forward to Sunday.
I APOLOGIZE – I praised Gerardo Concepcion and Spencer Patton and both came in yesterday and did not shut down the opponents. The very first hitter that Concepcion faced, Justin Bour, went the other way for a double. Patton gave up another two runs and it amounted to a bad day for guys I believe in. Like Lackey, it happened, it’s over, and we move forward.
AAA – Adam Warren: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
AA – Duane Underwood: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
A-Adv – Jeremy Null: 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
A – Casey Bloomquist: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
SS – Jose Paulino: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
AAA – John Andreoli (CF): 2 for 4, 3B, 2 R, BB
AA – Ian Happ (2B): 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI (Just recently promoted to AA)
A-Adv – Ian Rice (DH): 3 for 4, 2B, R
A – Carlos Sepulveda (2B): 2 for 4, R
SS – Andruw Monasterio (SS): 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, RBI