A rare David Dejesus miscue led to the go ahead run in the 10th inning to give the Reds a 6-5 victory. The victory came at the expense of a very nice Cubs comeback, who not only battled starting pitcher Mike Leake, a swirling 30 mph wind, but their own stupidity. Down 5-1 in the 6th Anthony Rizzo would single. Alfonso Soriano would absolutely hammer a pitch so center cut and so juicy, Mike Leake was immediately hired by Gene and Georgetti’s after the inning. A Castro single and a Luis Valbuena double later and the Cubs were down 5-4. Then Luis Valbuena’s brain would dribble out his ear as he hopelessly stood off of second base while Tony Phillips ran up behind him and tagged him out. The Cubs would eventually tie it up on a bases loaded walk in the 8th. Let’s put the women and Children to bed and go looking for dinner.
RUSIN TIME, TIME FOR YOU TO GO OUT INTO THE WORLD.
I for one kind of admired Chris Rusin’s night tonight, even though it was far from his best. Consider three things. One, he didn’t have any command tonight (Dale would say as much in the post-game.). Two, he caught no breaks- he got BABIP’ed, there was some wonky fielding, and that crazy wind. And 3) He doesn’t have the experience or the stuff to take on a team as talented as the Reds with the wind blowing out. Votto, Bruce, Phillips and co. knew what they could do and not do with Rusin’s pitches and until he loads up on “craft” and “guile”, the expectations have to be very low. So yeah- 5 IP, 10H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K not really that good. But for a kid with little experience, little stuff going against one of the better hitting teams in the NL… That they were in shouting distance of the Reds when he left…I’ll take it.. Rusin is going to be doing the corn shuttle from Iowa to Chicago if he isn’t made into a reliever, so all things considered I think it was a passable performance.
C’MON BABY FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED.
The pen was just awesome tonight, 6 innings of 1 unearned run ball. In fact, they’ve been fairly good this past week. I have no idea how many of the Cabrera, Bowden, Chapman clan are going to be in the pen next year. Somewhere between none of them and all. (I’m sure that helped.) But those that do go to Iowa can come and help in a pinch, and this experience has been really good for them. Here’s a stat that blew my mind today: The Cubs, this year’s God-awful, drive a spork into your knee Cubs that may end up with one of the worst records in CUBS HISTORY, is 12 games over .500 when they get a quality start. That’s insane. I say overpay pitchers on one or two year deals, let these kids get a taste of winning in their mouths, trade the pitchers off for some prospects and this team takes a quantum leap in their rebuild. But that’s me.
PAY ATTENTION BOY. I’M CUTTIN BUT YOU AINT BLEEDING…
Man was that play by Luis Valbuena dumb. Dumb-diggity-dumb-diggity-dumb. And afterward Sveum seemed pissed in his presser, saying Valbuena “fell asleep” and cut his answer short. Doesn’t he just have to sit tomorrow? I mean how do you reward that?
This one had a gut punch feel to it. Maybe I should be glad I still feel something even after a season like this. But this one was right there and would have been a nice win. Especially since tomorrow features maybe the best pitcher in the NL starting for the Reds (Johnny Cueto) and possibly the worst pitcher in the NL starting for us (Jason Berken). I’ve seen crazier things happen. Hey Arguello, don’t hog the Scotch.