In one of the more agonizing wins of the year, the Cubs defeated the Astros in front of 237 people in Houston’s Minute Maid Park Monday night. The Cubs would get their go ahead run on a wild pitch. It was that kind of game. Dave Sappelt would put the game out of reach with a huge two run double in the top of the 7th. Hey, it’s 4 in a row for the Cubs and I like when the team wins. But this game certainly lacked the crispness the Pirate series had. (Yarrr!!!!) And with two football games and the Tigers biffing it against the White Sox, one was left to wonder why they were watching this mess. But we do and we did. So let’s ring around the Rosie…
THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO MANY NOTES.
So Chris Volstad trudged back up the hill and…and…and well, while you can’t complain about his line- 5 IP, 4 H 1R- you can certainly complain about the 5 walks and you’re certainly entitled to be mad about needing 100 pitches to get through 5 innings. Good God. 99 pitches 9 No not going jay Z here…. won’t do it.) For 5 innings. What was good to see was good bullpen work, especially from Jaye Chapman, who gave his fourth strong scoreless inning, striking out 2 in the process. Camp and Marmol finished up. Marmol is getting a lot more swings and misses. That’s good.
Dave Sappelt was the star of this game tonight. Getting the tying RBI in the second with a double. Scoring the go ahead run on the wild pitch then putting the game away with a 420-foot double to the deep cavern of left center field. The first comparison that comes to my mind for Sappelt is Dave Clark. A right-handed Dave Clark. It was nice to see him do well but he won’t get enough at bats to make any kind of impression. His next big chance comes next February and March in Mesa.
SHIVER IN MY BONES JUST THINKING ABOUT THE MATHER.
Look I kill him when he doesn’t do jack squat so I may as well throw a bouquet when he does something well. And lately Mather has been playing pretty well. Two more hits today including a key single the other way where the second basemen vacated on a hit and run. Maybe it’s the switch to the high socks. Maybe that ridiculous time on the pitching mound brought him the Zen and even keel ness to do his job better. Whatever it is, it’s infuriating. He needed to be doing this in April may and June when he was a hustling utility guy trying to be a “shrewd pickup move” and now that there are only 327 people in the stands and the Cubs are 30 games under he starts…ugh. Well I’m glad he’s playing well in what has to be his last few games as a Cub.
So. The Cubs have their longest streak o the second half. And yet with each win, not only are Cub fans less impressed they seem less interested. But I took some solace that this was definitely a “Bullpen” win. There have been way to few of those. And maybe Sappelt builds off of this and I’m pulling my foot out of my mouth. Justin Germano hopes to keep the good times Rollin against something called Lyles tomorrow. Sons of Anarchy returns tomorrow too so hopefully the cubs make quick work of everything.