The Cubs took advantage of a floundering Pirates team today (Yarrrr!!!!) and beat the Pirates 7-4. Chris Rusin got his first major league win and Starlin Castro sent his detractors back into the weeds with 4 RBI. Castro got the Cubs on the board in the third inning when his 3rd inning single drove in Luis Valbuena. The Cubs would extend it to 4-0 the next inning off of an Anthony Rizzo double and an Alfonso Soriano single. The Pirates would pull within run off of Rusin, reliever Jaye Chapman, and a sluggish James Russell. But Starlin Castro’s 3 run line shot into the left field bleachers would salt the game away. So take your hat off when you’re talking to me and be there while we feed the tree.
NO TIME TO SAY “HELLO, GOODBYE” I’M LATE I’M LATE I’M LATE.
Chris Rusin had his best start as a Cub in getting his first win and the key was the pace with which he worked. Rusin pitched as if his car was parked in front of the firehouse on Waveland. Quick, quick, quick. The result was 4 hits and no walks while striking out 6 in 5 innings. Once again at the first sign of trouble Sveum got Rusin out of there after the first two batters got on in the sixth. Either Sveum is really trying to get Rusin a win (not likely) or Sveum doesn’t expect anything more than 5-6 innings out of him. But as long as Rusin pitches with that kind of pace, he’s going to have the best chance to succeed. Chapman finally came back to earth with his first poor outing, allowing Rusin’s 2 runners and another to score. Then Russell, Corpas, Camp and Marmol in the been there, done that formation.
RIZZO DOESN’T STEAL AND HE DOESN’T LIE, BUT HE CAN FEEL AND HE CAN CRY.
Nice to see Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup after a scary collision and fall against Houston on Tuesday night. Rizzo had a nice double to knock in two in the 4th inning. The hit was key as it A) came with the bases loaded and B) came against a left handed pitcher brought in exclusively to pitch to him. And while he didn’t make the double play, Rizzo made a very nice defensive play n the 6th. Rizzo scooped the ball, ran to the base and fired the ball to home in one action. Safe to say he’s fully recovered.
HEY LOOK ME OVER. TELL ME DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE.
Maybe it’s just me, but ever since Starlin Castro signed his extension, his detractors and haters, of which there are way too many, seem to have doubled their efforts. The cries when he makes an error or doesn’t draw a walk have gotten louder and more frequent. And when Castro didn’t backhand Starlin Castro’s ground ball in the 4th I was afraid of an encore. But Castro carried the Cubs today. And that line shot home run, which came as the Cubs saw their lead shrink to just one run, not only came at the right time, but is the type of Home Run that Castro could hit an easy 15-20 times a year. Will it inflate his homerun totals and not represent his true power? Yeah. Will I care? Noooo.
Kind of sad to see the Pirates take up residence in Davy Jones’ locker for a second year in a row. They’re a team you should like- they’re young, they hustle. But pitching has gone south. Whatever. It’s a win after an off day, which is something the Cubs don’t usually do. (I believe they’re now 5-14 after an off day) and they took my mind off of my Bears hangover, for which I’m eternally grateful. Jason Berken makes his Cubs debut in an abbreviated tryout to get invited to next year's camp. Until then.