David Dejesus hit the game winning RBI and preserved the game with some great defense as the Cubs won their 3rd straight game defeating the Marlins 3-2 at Ponzi Scheme Park. The Cubs once again got on the board in the first. Kim Dejesus' husband, obviously inspired by a Kim Dejesus tan attained at Miami Beach, led off with a double that GianCarlo Stanton would turn into a triple with an error. Dejesus would jog home when pitcher threw a wild pitch that caused Marlins catcher to do the "Scooby Doo" where he just stands up and looks haplessly for the ball while it lays comfortably three feet behind him. Giancarlo Stanton would make up for his error by hitting a home run further than any man has a right to hit a home run. It easily went 500 feet. The oly reason it didn't is people in Miami can't count that high. It went over the scoreboard in left field. The Cubs would jump out again in the 2nd when Nate Schierholtz would double and score on a Luis Valbuena ground ball. And once again a solo home run would tie it up as Olivo hit one into the Clevelander in left field, where fans were way too busy trying to get laid to notice the incoming baseball. Gotta love Miami. Stayed that way until the 7th when Lim Dejesus' husband would drive in a hustling Wellington Castillo. Easy peezy, Japaneesy.
YOU TALKIN TO ME? ARE YOU TALKIN TO ME?
Travis (Bickle) Wood made it six straight quality starts for the Cubs. Six innings pitched, two runs allowed on 3 hits while walking one and striking out 5 before being lifted for a pinch hitter. He got burned on both home runs when that "backdoor" slider got too much of the plate. That's gonna happen and thankfully both home runs were solo shots. It shows how important command is for Wood. But 91 pitches was just fine for 6 innings and it continues a strong run for both Travis and the Cubs staff. Goofy Kameron Loe was fine in the 7th. James Russell, who needs a haircut, and an unexpected Carlos Marmol appearance got through the 8th before the Save Bot 9000- Kevin Gregg worked a very effective 9th. From the streets to closer...why not?
HELL BENT, HELL BENT FOR LEATHER.
The Cubs defense won this game. Nope, haven't had a thing to drink and haven't hit my head on anything recently. Alfonso Soriano made a running grab in left field and Nate Schierholtz left half the skin of his arm on the warning track dirt making an excellent catch in right field. But the centerpiece of the excellent defense was turned in by Starlin Castro. With two on and two out in the 8th and Marmol trying to register in double digits on the "sphincter scale" ( nah.....), Austin Kearns ( Austin Kearns??!!?!!? Really??!!!??) laced one up the middle. Castro ranged to his left. Dove, stopped the ball and flipped it to Barney who may or may not have beaten Stanton to the bag. Whatever, he was called out. You can almost feel the confidence building on this team ( Just as you could really feel it dissapate when they were all left feet and thumbs earlier.). Anyway, good pitching and good defense will keep the Cubs in every game, even against major league teams let alone the Marlins.
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I guess I see what Dale likes about Luis Valbuena. He's not particularly.....talented. But he keeps coming and if I can use a term that I don't really care for, he "finds a way to contribute"... Maybe Sveum is just hyping up Valbuena to light a fire under Ian Stewart ( Yeah sure, that'll work.). But Luis might just be the hard working, do whatever is asked of you and then some player that Dale was when he was a player. And maybe him and Ransom form a glue patch platoon until Villanueva, Vitters Or Mike Olt when he's acquired for Travis Wood in July, are ready. ( Hehehehe.....)
Hey ho, three in a row. Mr. Mustache takes the bump against former Cub prospect Ricky Nolasco for the sweep. Why not, right? Hey the Cubs season was going nowhere quickly and they just put their heads down and went to work. They're by no means in the clear but they're playing like a real team. Me likey. Till tomorrow.