While it sucks to try to look for the good in a loss, it’s still possible to find positives and it helps to know that the next game is just a day away.
- Jason Hammel continues to turn in above average to good starts. Considering he’s our 3rd starter in the rotation, the production we have been getting out of him is wonderful. While he wasn’t dominant in the outing, he was hit fairly hard at times, he gave the Cubs seven innings and only allowed four runs. That’s what I want from him. The offense didn’t pick him up. I wonder what it is about pitching for the Cubs that brings out the best in him, because it sures seems that when he’s with us, he’s a totally different pitcher than what we saw pre-Cubs and with the A’s last year.
- As much as I hate to do it, I must give some love to Chris Coghlan for the game he played. He hit a no doubt home run to bring the Cubs to within a run late in the game, and he made a really nice play in left field on a ball that I thought he had no chance to get to. I will take a day off from ripping him a new one and give him a fist bump instead. Good job, Chris.
- Justin Grimm came in and pitched a blemish free 8th inning. It’s good to have him back in the mix. Once Neil Ramirez gets back from rehab, the bullpen will hopefully begin to show what I believed it was capable of at the beginning of the year. There are some who are worried about Hector Rondon in the 9th, but I’m not one of them. I think these guys saw too many innings early and were just needing some time off.
- Jorge Soler, who has been mired in a bit of a slump, had a pair of hits. I’m going on record now and predicting a monster week for Jorge. I still think he has the ability and the ceiling to be one of the top three rookie of the year vote getters and potentially win the thing. He’s that good.
- Jim Duquette posted on Cubs.com about the potential trade options for the Cubs and Mets. There have been rumors for weeks about something since the Cubs have bats and the Mets have arms. I put this post in the good section for the simple fact that rumors and scenarios are fun to read.
- Javier Baez had a pair of home runs yesterday for the Iowa Cubs and is hitting .322 since his return to baseball from the bereavement leave. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
- I don’t see much value in Jonathan Herrera. You have to believe that his days are numbered. He’s 30 years old and out of minor league options. That’s a bad combination when you can’t hit a baseball. Enjoy the Major League meal money now, sir, because when someone is ready, either Tommy LaStella as he recovers from his oblique strain or Baez when the Cubs feel like it’s time, Herrera’s time will be over.
- Couple of bad plays in the field by the left side of the infield. Kris Bryant flubbed a ground ball that bounced up high on him and Starlin Castro just plain muffed a line drive. Neither resulted in a run for the Diamondbacks, but they both looked bad and can’t happen.
- Frustrating to lose a series to a below .500 team heading into a homestand that sees us take on the Nationals and the Royals. Both a really good teams so it would have been good to have some momentum headed in, especially since we start the series with Tsuyoshi Wada on the bump.
- Not sure if this needs to go in the good or bad section, but the Cubs waiver claim of Anthony Varvaro has been voided by the MLB commissioner. Arizona Phil had a really nice post about some of the history around something like this.
- Don Roach, who has been pitching like a god down in AAA had the trainer come see him prior to the game, but was cleared to pitch. One out into the game he was hit in the leg by a hard line drive and had to leave. Roach is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.13 for Iowa.
THIS DAY IN CUBS HISTORY
1982 – In the third inning of Chicago’s 2-1 loss to the Padres, Cubs’ right-hander Fergie Jenkins whiffs shortstop Gary Templeton to record his 3,000th career strikeout. The Canadian-born hurler becomes the seventh pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone.
2001 – Kerry Wood gives up only one hit, a seventh-inning leadoff single to Mark Loretta, in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory over Milwaukee. The 24-year old right-hander strikes out 14 batters in the Wrigley Field gem.
2008 – Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez is killed by lightning standing on a dock in western Venezuela. The 33-year-old pitcher, who was signed by the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1991, also hurled for the Devil Rays, Red Sox, Mets and Brewers before being released by Milwaukee in 2006.