The Cubs did everything they could to lose today’s game with the Pirates. But then they decided to do everything to win today’s game. And the Pirates were more than happy to assist. The Cubs were down 6-1 and 9-5 came roaring back to win going away 13-9 in an obscenely long 4 hour game. There were many offensive stars, but none bigger than Anthony Rizzo, who knocked in 6 RBI and had 2 HR, including a 6th inning grand slam which gave the Cubs the lead for good at 10-9. Alfonso Soriano also recorded his 100th and 101st RBI. Let’s laugh with the sinners rather than crying with the Saints. After all, the sinners have much more fun.
TRAPPED IN THE INNER CIRCLE OF FAULT.
This….is…..what…it’s…like…watching…Chris…Volstad……pitch……Pretty……annoying……isn’t…… it?......Why….. Can’t…... he……just…..throw….the….. ball?... It’s……like….having…. a… dial….up….modem…..or….getting….pecked…. to…death….. by…..ducks…..So…Sllloooooooowwwwwwww. The final line was 4 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks and a gigantic headache for anyone that watched. I know there are some that still look at his frame, his stuff and still see a project that’s worth keeping around. I see Sunfalufagus trying to attack Mordor. If he proves me wrong on another team fine. He hasn’t earned a second chance here.
THERE’S TOO MUCH CONFUSION, I CAN’T GET NO RELIEF
Before we get to the good stuff, one more kvetch. (And Happy New Year to all those who are celebrating 5773.) The bullpen is filled with sorrow and broken dreams. I thought the bullpen was going to be filled with young hard power arms. Now granted, I thought two of those arms would be Samardzija and Carpenter. But Cabrera has been very inconsistent. And Jeff Beliveau has had more than enough time to lockdown a LOOGY role. But Pedro Alvarez Congo drummed his ass out onto Waveland today. He’s the guy you need to get if you want to stick around. Effective years from Russell, Camp and a bounce back from Marmol, have allowed these kids to pitch in non pressure 5th, 6th, and 7th inning situations. But those two, Dolis, Maine, none of them have gotten it done. The good news is that Jaye Chapman looks like he wants it. After a leadoff triple by Starling Marte (who’s going to be a pain in the ass for a long time) Chapman stranded him there. He even correctly executed a rundown, something rarely seen in these here parts.
ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA
Anthony Rizzo deserves a “Hell Yeah” for his performance today. A double in the first and scoring the opening run. A deep homerun to center off of lefty starter Jeff Locke. And then the dagger, a grand slam bomb to right center off of a shelled Rick Van den Hurk, whatever that is. He even won some dude a car. Cub fans were so appreciative that they even gave him a standing ovation after he struck out in the 8th. Rizzo had been plaining out until the last week. Now he’s on a tear. So good to see.
Would love to say we’re done with the Pirates. It seems like the Pirates are done with the Pirates. But there’s one more game to go. Travis Wood looks to build off his best start against the opinionated Kevin Correia. Then we start a long week of hillbillies and rednecks as Red fans and Cardinal fans invade Wrigleyville in succession. Stock up on PBR and get ready to hose a lot of things down.