Alfonso Soriano mashed a 2 run home run off of Jason Grilli in the 8th inning to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead and the Cubs went on to sweep the Pirates for their first 3 game winning streak since July 15th. Soriano’s blast was one of three home runs in the game for the Cubs. The first one was a Josh Vitters shot that snapped a 0-for-27 streak and the second was by 3rd string catcher Anthony Recker who was making his very first start. Recker’s home run was doubly enjoyable when a Pirates attendant had to march through the Shrubbery in center field to retrieve the ball. Cue Monty Python. . Carlos Marmol would come on in the ninth and quickly make everyone queasy by loading the bases. But he got out of it with a strike out of Gaby Sanchez and Fly out by Pedro Alvarez. Let’s dance into the fire and all we’ll see is a view to a kill.
Good to see Chris Rusin revert back to his game 1 form and away from his game 2 fire drill. Rusin went 5 solid innings, surrendering 1 run on an Andrew McCutchen home run. Overall 5 IP, 5H, 1R, 3W and 4K. Rusin and Raley are pretty much the same guy. And while both are 95% likely to start in Iowa next year, there’s no chance both are in the rotation for the Cubs. You simply can’t have two soft tossing lefties. Look for Rusin to make the conversion to reliever next year. Speaking of relievers, Jay Chapman has had 3 solid appearances now. This time pitching the 6th. Again, probably back in Iowa but the make-up looks good. Yada, Yada and Yada finished it out.
I’M SORI FOR EVERYONE IN THE WORLD, I GUESS
Soriano is having an awesome season. I’m going to continue to say it because people will quickly try and turn the conversation to “is he tradable now” or “how long can he keep it up?” But nobody ever says “ Good to see Sori mashing…” Well I’m happy he is. Throw in the defense he’s been showing this series, (He mad a great read on a ball hit by Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke when it bounced off the the 3rd base stands) and that it’s the middle of September and he’s still bustling his butt…. well He deserves some applause. He’s having his best year as a Cub at a time when EVERYONE said he was finished. Good job #12.
KID ROCK YOU CAN CALL ME TEX, ROLLIN SUNSET WOMEN WITH A BOTTLE OF BECKS
Let’s also give a shout out to Josh Vitters. 0 for 27 has to be all kinds of suck. And that home run was sweet. I still love this kid’s swing. Yes, he needs work. Yes, he’s probably going to Iowa (or most likely traded in the off-season to a team that likes aggressive swings.) next year. But if that’s the worse that happens, he goes back to Iowa, works on it and comes up again next year at the exact same age Rizzo did this year, and in the exact same fashion, that’s not bad at all and in fact fits with the timing of this rebuild. So I’ll take the good and hope he builds off of it tomorrow against whatever left handed zero the Astros are slinging.
So that was totally unexpected and totally enjoyable. Naturally it comes against the Pirates who I kind of want to see edge the damn Cardinals. But the Pirates have issues and I’ll look for another team to push out St. Louis. Off to Houston for our last series against the Astros. Chris Volstad against something called Dallas Keuchel. …Ok…if you say. Guess I’ll go re-order my methadone prescription.
How about those Bears.