Chris Volstad finally had his moment in the sun. And it happened on a dark, depressing rainy day. Volstad got his first win of the year as the Cubs defeated the hapless Rockies 5-0 in 8 rain-shortened innings. Starlin Castro scored the Cubs first three runs of the game; on a Darwin Barney Sac fly in the 2nd, a Barney single in the 6th, and a Joe Mather sac fly in the 8th. The Rockies defense would insist on giving the Cubs two more runs. Lots of good things, you know, if it wasn’t for the disjointed starting and stopping caused by the rain and the fact that the Rockies played the game with their cleats tied together. Let’s go through the looking glass.
THE MARS VOLSTAD
All props to Chris Volstad. 6 2/3 dominate innings. Yes, it was against a Colorado Springs-like lineup. But this guy’s been through hell this year and it was nice to see him pitch well. Only 3 hits and 3 walks during Big V’s 6.2, but the only one runner made it to second base (Tyler Colvin’s only hit of the series- a double.) And again, body language was evident. Volstad would confidently stomp after one of his strikeouts (he had 3.) He glared at the ump when he missed an obvious strike 3. He was simply better today. Supposedly Manny Corpas came in and ended the 7th. Didn’t really see it as WGN preferred to promote some awful food show. Shawn Camp got a default save for pitching a scoreless 8th.
It was a good day if you believe in Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and others being cornerstones in the Cubs rebuild. Rizzo, who has had a sluggish August, had our great at bats, drawing 2 walks and getting two hits. Castro was everywhere, 2 hits, 3 runs scored, even a walk. The ‘purple Evolutionist” Darwin barney snapped his O-fer streak with a hit and 2 RBI. And Brett Jackson drew two walks, scored a run, showed immense plate discipline and had two very nice outfield plays. More, More, More, how do you like it? How do you like it?
VOICES INSIDE MY HEAD, ECHO, THINGS THAT YOU SAY.
Not really wrap related but has been a topic among Cub fans and I wanted to address it. Bob Brenly’s contract is up at the end of the year and there are some rumblings he might leave for somewhere else. I hope not. Len and Bob get better each year. I love when they get analytical, I love when they get silly, I love the music they play, I love when Bob gets angry, and I love when they eat food. They’re the best team going today. If Bob has personal reasons for making a move, I can live with it. (Certainly now that Mark Grace has more pressing concerns and wouldn’t flock to be his replacement.) But if it’s simply a financial thing, then Tom Ricketts, Theo and the rest have to know what a value play he is. Retaining Bob Brenly is a no-brainer.
So a series win. As happy as I was to see it, I’m really glad to take a respite from the Rockies. Wow. That was… that was something. The Brew crew comes a rambling down for 4 games starting Monday. Can the Cubs build off this series win? It would be nice to think so. Hopefully Justin Germano is up to the task. I’ll be sealing Tom Loxas’ 16 weeks of pain as I draft my fantasy football team when he does. Hopefully a double dose of happiness.
Almost time for Breaking Bad.