The Cubs and Rockies continued their less-than-stellar baseball series Saturday afternoon. It was hard to tell whether one team was trying to win or the other team was trying to give the game away. In the end, a missed double play allowed the Rockies to get the go-ahead run and hold on for a 4-3 win. The Cubs got out to a 3-0 lead on the strength of a Brett Jackson 2 run homer. But pinch hitter Josh Rutledge quickly reversed Colorado’s fortunes with a 2 run homer onto Waveland. An Andrew Brown home run would tie it in the 6th. Then in the 7th, former Cub DJ Lemahieu aggressively went from 1st to 3rd on a single to right. Then scored when the Cubs couldn’t convert a 3-6-1 double play. There was some good. There was some bad. Let’s sift through the ashes.
BROOKS AND DONE?
Well, I for one thought that Brooks Raley got a quick hook. 80 pitches through 5 innings didn’t strike me as overly taxing. (Although only 43 strikes could use some work…). But Dale seemed fine with it in the press conference. Said he had a rested pen and got what he wanted out of his starter. Fair enough. What I like about Raley is his approach. He obviously has a game plan. Every pitch to Cargo was on the outside. Colvin was constantly jammed. (Even had a pitch behind him.). Raley is seeing lots of “situations” and I doubt they’ll try and build any stamina with the season winding down. But Raley should be “in the mix” next year for the Cubs. Corpas came in, Hinshaw pitched, Russell…yada…yada…
WELCOME TO THE GRIND.
After harping over and over how lost the Cubs looked at the plate, the Cubs actually started to approach at bats the way Cubs management wants them to approach at-bats. 25 pitches in the first. Over 20 pitches in each of the next two innings. And a tired rookie gives up a two run homer in the 4th. Yay!!!!!! Nothing has been turned around. Not by a long shot. But it’s nice to point to something done right. More of this please.
WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA.
Even though he made a terrible play in the field yesterday, DJ Lemahieu has probably been the best player so far in this series. I know, I know, he was 0-4. But he seems to be in the middle of the action. And if you want to videotape his recognition of Jordan Pacheco’s single and the way he put his head down and hauled ass to third and set it as the example that all Cubs base runners must follow, well that would be just swell. I’m sure if DJ Lemahieu had stayed here he’d look every bit as Adrian Cardenas as Adrian Cardenas has. But seeing as how we traded him and Colvin for 3B Jack Squat, it’s fun for at least this weekend, to think how he would have fit in here or at least who was better that we could have traded him for.
So back to back happy wraps just weren’t in the cards today. And they simply might not be. Chris Volstad takes the mound tomorrow in a “now or never” bid to end his winless start streak. And Jhoulys Chacin takes his 1-3 6.16 Era presence out to the mound against him. I’m not going to tell my friends about it, but I’ll be watching. Enjoy your Saturday night.