Cubs 7 @ Reds 2 (Box Score)
HOW ABOUT THAT? – When was the last time you took a look at a box score and saw a pitcher listed twice in the pitching totals? Now think about the last time you saw two pitchers listed twice. It’s as if the Cubs have decided to celebrate baseball Hanukkah and have eight crazy nights. On Monday it was Kris Bryant playing out of his mind and on Tuesday it was a 15 inning affair that saw Joe Maddon put Travis Wood in left field, bring him in to face one batter, then send him back to LF and bring back Spencer Patton, then bring back Wood and put Pedro Strop out in left. Honestly, if you keep score at home or at the game and were able to maintain a clean book after last night, you ought to send it to Cooperstown. That was wild. Like I mentioned a week or so ago, I like Joe because he thinks outside of the box and isn’t afraid to try something different. Last night was definitely different.
WHO IS YOU GUY? – Last year we had the Jon Lester / Jake Arrieta debate as to who would get the ball in a winner take all one game playoff to get to the NLDS. It doesn’t appear that the Cubs will have that issue, but if it came down to it right now, has Jake’s struggles and Lester’s success caused you to change your tune at all? Lester was masterful again last night and has an ERA at 2.03 (It was under 2.00 most of the night until the end). I’ll be honest, I’m starting to lean Lester. Is that wrong?
HIGHLIGHT REEL – We got treated to some really great highlights last night. If you missed the game, Ben Zobrist hit a lead off home run, but also made a catch (VIDEO) to start a double play that was huge. Then you have Javier Baez who put the game out of reach with a home run to center in the top of the 15th (VIDEO), but it was Anthony Rizzo that gets my vote with a catch that shows why we love him. Take a look.
AAA – Clayton Richard: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
A-Adv – Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
A-Adv – Zach Hedges: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
A – Carson Sands: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
SS – Pedro Silverio: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
AAA – Kristopher Negron (2B): 2 for 4, 2B, R, SB
A-Adv – Ian Rice (DH): 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB
A – Tyler Alamo (1B): 1 for 2, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB
SS – Wladimir Galindo (3B): 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI