Cardinals 3 @ Cubs 2 (Box Score)
- FOWLER DOWN / EDWARDS UP: Before the game, the Cubs placed Dexter Fowler on the 15 day DL retroactive to June 19th and recalled Carl Edwards Jr. He’s a tilted cap kind of guy, a la Pedro Strop, so that should make all the older Cub fans excited. The move brings the bullpen back up to eight, because we all know you gotta have a bloated bullpen (sigh). Word is that Fowler’s injury is not expected to be one that needs the full 15 days to heal, so he should be able to get some rehab games in before the DL stint is up to remain sharp and be ready to go when his date hits to be activated. As for Edwards, I would hope he can get a shot to at least show what he can do. He’s been on the top prospect list for the last couple years and he’s basically ready at this point.
- THE PLAY WE ALL WANT TO TALK ABOUT – If you watched the game, particularly the 9th inning, you know exactly what play I am referring to. With the Cubs down 3-2 in the 9th and runners on 1st and 2nd, this happened. I saw a lot of people blaming Albert Almora asking why he was so aggressive with the tying run in scoring position already. My feelings on it are simple. He thought the ball got away. If it gets away, he’s safe but for a freak bounce off the left leg of the home plate umpire that causes the ball to bounce right to Yadier Molina. He went on instinct and it got trumped by chance. My issue on the play is with Chris Coghlan not taking 2nd. There is no way Molina is going to come up throwing to 2nd base in that quick decision moment. Coghlan, even if he took off a split second after Almora, could have made 2nd and been in position to score had Ben Zorbrist still hit the single on the next play. In the end, our lead is still so great in the division that it probably doesn’t matter, but you don’t want to leave wins on the table.
- ARE YOU FALLING IN LOVE? – I keep thinking of Lizzie when I watch Willson Contreras. She seems to have a thing for top prospect Cubs catchers. I’m not sure how she feels emotionally toward Contreras or if she even has anything left to give after giving her heart almost entirely to Geovany Soto, but I’m sure Contreras is generating fans at a nice clip so far. After hitting a home run in a pinch hit 1st MLB at bat on Sunday night, Contreras got the start and drove in a run. So far so good for another top guy coming up and making a difference.
- AAA – Rob Zastryzny – 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- AA – No Game
- A-Adv – No Game
- A – No Game
- SS – Manuel Rondon – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- AAA – John Andreoli (CF) – 2 for 3, BB, 2 2B, 2 R
- SS – Tyler Payne (C) – 2 for 4, 2B, 3B