The Cubs finally showed some life, some fight, and some timely hitting. Of course, this was in the last inning of the last game of a three-day stinkfist against the Rockies. But hey, it clearly was effort. The Cubs solidified their hold on the #2 pick (and yes, the whole whopping extra 1.whatever million dollars that goes with it.) with another loss to a less than impressive Colorado Rockies, falling 7-5 Wednesday afternoon. The Rockies teed off on dead pitcher walking Chris Volstad right from the hop with a 3 run homer from Jordan Pacheco. Brett Jackson would single in Luis V to make it 3-1 but DJ Lemahieu would funnel his power of Greyskull into a Volstad fastball and send it over the left field fence. The Cubs would be down 7-3 in the 9th before stringing 3 hits in the only show of offense, with Soriano’s double setting up the tying runs in scoring position with no outs. But a Castro K, a Vitters K, and an Anthony Recker groundout would finish the sweep of the Cubs, who are still winless on the road against the entire NL west. Let’s get outta this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do.
O’DEATH, WON’T YOU SPARE ME OVER FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
Chris Volstad continues to pound nails into his own casket. He played with his food from the moment he took the bump. 10 hits leading to 7 runs in 3 innings of what I guess we’ll call “work”. As a person who was never impressed with Volstad, there was part of me who was afraid that after Samardzija was shut down, that Volstad might shine in a rotation filled with minor leaguers. I have no fear of that anymore. That he can’t stand out compared to two pitchers picked off the waiver wire says all you need to know. Dolis, Cabrera, and Chapman mopped up quite well if you want to feel good about that? Well I offered.
AND IN THE END, THE LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE YOU MAKE.
I like the decision to leave Vitters (and Recker for that matter) in to hit in the 9th. Usually, the “competitiveness” kicks in and you go with someone with more experience. I wish Vitters had taken advantage of it. But Betancourt was throwing peas! Even Castro couldn’t catch up with it. Here’s hoping Sveum continues to find “situations” in these last couple of games for rookies like Vitters and Jackson to succeed. Might be nothing more than a gesture at this point. But we’re looking for small wins right now.
One bright spot was Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo got on base all five times he went to bat. He also homered to right center, and had a key opposite field hit in the 9th. Rizzo looks poised for a huge leap next year. Of course, I thought the exact same thing about Eric Hosmer. And his season was disappointing. Yet another reason to find good veteran bench presence in the off-season. If Jim Thome were like, 38 instead of the 57 he currently is, he’d be ideal. Someone that Rizzo can talk to everyday. I have no idea who it is, but add him to the wish list…
The way the Cubs play their final series on the road starting tomorrow in Arizona. Thank the lord. I would like to think they can take one of the three in the desert, but this team is so lethargic on the road I’m not holding my breath. Their best chance is probably tomorrow, when Travis Wood pitches against Ian Kennedy. Until then.