The only thing colder than the frigid 30 degree weather was the Cub bats as Wandy "Koufax" Rodriguez shut down the North side nine 3-0. The Cubs could manage only 2 hits off Rodriguez over 6 and 2/3rds. Something named Tony Watson would shut the door on a bases loaded threat in the 7th, hold them down in the 8th and turn it over to the "Huh? What? I'm the closer? I mean I'm the closer!!!!" Jason Grilli, who naturally mowed down the Cubs as if he were Kent Tekulve reborn. Cubs are now 1-1 and I have the hankerin for a hot chocolate. There's panic n the streets of London so let's hang the DJ...
A Mighty Edwin
Edwin Jackson summed up his entire checkered career tonight. Started out strong, striking out the side in the first inning. And he cruised through the first three. But then the fourth came around and the dominance went on a union mandated break. A Garrett Jones single followed by an Andrew McCutchen double keyed a 29 pitch 2 run inning (aided by a Castro error) that would shorten Edwin jackson's night.5 innings 3 hits, 2 runs walked 1 while striking out 5. Not bad But could have been better. Rondon, Bowden, Camp, and Takahashi looked very cold while only allowing 1 run over the remaining three.
So it's only two games and nobody should really draw any conclusions about anything. But that's 19 K's over the first two games. Rudy Jaramillo is gone right? James Rowson was kept I assume in part because of his work with young hitters. And last year the motto was that he was brought in without the benefit of getting to work with the hitters. Well, that excuse doesn't exist. Maybe this thing fades rather quickly. But it sure looks a lot like last year so far.
I can't find the Lillibridge.
Ironically, there were two classic examples of what at-bats should look like under this new regime. In the 7th. After Anthony Rizzo got on first getting hit by a pitch ( and making every Cub fan's heart leap into their throat.) Soriano immediately went down 0-2 but battled off the next six pitches before singling a single to left. Another HBP and Brent Lillibridge came up with the bases loaded. He would work a perfect 10 pitch at-bat before going all Marcel Maceau and looking at strike 3. That's the type of at bat you like to see. But you need to make those types of at bats work for you. Aggravating.
So 1-1. That's fine. And I'm glad the game is over. I was cold just watching it. Travis Wood takes on James MacDonald in the rubber match before shuffling off to Atlanta. And thankfully MacDonald is a righty, so we don't have to see this lineup again. Onwards