Anthony Rizzo hustled down the first baseline where he collided with the leg of a jumping outstretched Brett Wallace, who was jumping for an errant throw. Rizzo went flying into the air and landed awkwardly on the ground. He lay on the ground but eventually got up and was helped off the field. And as he went off he apparently took any chance the Cubs had of winning their 5th straight game. After 4 semi-respectable games, the Cubs returned to their losing ways- goofy fielding, lack of attention on the base paths, and hacking away at 6 unimpressive Astro pitchers in losing 1-0. A Justin Maxwell sacrifice fly was the entire scoring of the game. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have things to discuss. Let’s breakdown, go ahead and give it to me.
AND JUSTIN FOR ALL.
Justin Germano continued his long man filling in the rotation because there’s nobody else to pitch charade tonight. And he did just fine. 5 innings, 3 hits, that one silly run walking two and striking out an eye-popping 8 Astros. The key was using his curveball early and often. It’s clearly his best pitch. He used it to set up his fastball, which is pretty much a double caffeinated change up. There’s a role in the bullpen for him next year I would think. But someone has to cut the hair as they say. Kudos to the bullpen for throwing 4 shutout innings, albeit against a glorified Sugar land Skeeters lineup.
OKAY, MAYBE ARGUELLO ISN’T GORKED OUT OF HIS MIND ON SCOTCH.
So, while it was the Astros, this is the first game where Alberto Cabrera matched the hype we’ve been reading about in Arguello’s minor league reports. You finally see where this kid could break out of the Roberto Novoa-Jeff Stevens-Esmailin Caridad malaise. Both pitches were dominant. The fastball was mean. And the slider was downright filthy. True, we need to see it against buckets 3,4, and 5 of the grand prize game. But dominant is dominant, and today, Alberto Cabrera was dominant.
STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES, SIR.
Boy we’re there some screaming stupidity in tonight’s game. Top of the 6th inning. Runners on second and third. One out. Darwin Barney lofts a ball to center field, plenty deep enough to score the tying run. But Dave Sappelt, who doubled earlier, decides to tag up and go to third, where he’s easily gunned down before Starlin Castro can score. D’oh!. Double D’oh! There was also the return of the “we’ve never done a proper run down” rundown. This allowed clueless 2B umpire Doug Eddings to be hopelessly out of position to not only see the runner was out of the baseline but that he was actually tagged out. Things were going so well. Wha’ happened?
The good news is Anthony Rizzo is apparently okay and that tomorrow is the last game we’ll see these two play for a long time. The Astros are headed for the American league West. Where they will suck for a very, very long time. Travis Wood goes for the Cubs who try to end this road trip with 5 out of 6. Seems possible so why not, right?