It just figured that when I got done saying that the Chicago Cubs bullpen had been doing a great job recently and that Jason Berken might be the worst pitcher in the National League that a game like today would happen. Jason Berken shutout the Louisville Bats, err, Cincinnati Reds for 6 innings only to have Manny Corpas come in and pee on the cake. The Reds scored 5 runs in the 7th inning off Corpas and while the Cubs would rally, they would also miss opportunities and wind up losing the game 5-3 in front of the smallest paid attendance of the year. The Reds leave town with their magic number at 2, and I find that my foot tastes terrible. Let’s cut up the pizza.
JASON BERKEN, CHASING WOMEN, PICKING FIGHTS WITH ONE AND ALL.
So Jason Berken bounced back from his awful first start to throw what very well might be the last “quality start” of the year. 6 IP, 2H, 0R, 2W, and 5K. The cynic in me will point out that Votto, Phillips, and Bruce were all out, but when Ryan Hanigan is lurking in the lineup you better bring it. And Berken did his job. Still don’t think it means much. He’s probably the pitching equivalent of a donut tire. But he did his job, so he gets the props today. None for Corpas, as he was awful. Dolis was maddening too. And Chapman was good once more. Maybe we see him with games on the line in the final two weeks? Please.
TRY DIGGIN A LITTLE DEEPER IN THE WELL WELL WELLINGTON
Wellington Castillo continues to take more steps forward than back. but his missteps really grind the teeth. He had a HR and his positioning behind the plate seems to inch in the right direction. But again, in the 4th inning with Castro on 3rd and one out, Castillo didn’t go for simple contact in a direction that would get the run home, choosing instead to go for Waveland. Lot of good it did as we popped out weekly to left, and our best scoring chance against Johnny Cueto up and vanished like a fart in the wind.
YOU BETTER THINK, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO TO ME.
So Dale Sveum seemed like he was going to pull his hai- err, douse his scalp with gasoline at all the “Brain farts” that had been occurring. Well, today might make Sveum get the Zippo too. Castro got picked off. We already mentioned the ineptitude to score Castro after his leadoff triple. Even Sori, who should have just been given the day off, came in to pinch hit and ended a good scoring opportunity with a double play on the 2nd pitch of the AB. And to compliment the sky being blue and the sun setting in the west, Brett Jackson Struck out to end an inning with a runner on base. That kind of day/month/season…
This whole week has been turned on its ear ever since that Monday game that went till 1:30 in the morning. This series was won big walk in the fog. And unfortunately, The Cubs didn’t stay off the Moores. The Hillbillies go rolling out of Chicago and the Red Necks come marching in as Waffle Houses all across downstate Illinois close for the weekend and the creepy Cardinal fans come to use their food stamps in our fine city. I really don’t ask for much. So an early victory over the Cardinals and AssHat exemplar Chris Carpenter and knocking them out of contention for the Central would really be nice. Like really really nice. And after this series, I think we’ve earned it.
I’m gonna go wash my feet.