Nothing feels better than an opening day win. Especially when all the players you hope have great years have great days. That was the case today as Jeff Samardzija put his foot down on the Pittsburgh Pirates neck and Anthony Rizzo went oop-upside-your-head with a 47o foot blast to right center field in a 3-1 win over the Bucs. The Cubs would get all the offense they would need when Starlin Castro, who had two hits, lined a single to left field. Rizzo, who hadn't hit a home run all spring, launched one that might, just might still be going. The Ball cleared the right center field bleachers and landed in the promenade. impressive. Wellington Castillo would add on in the 5th with a double to right scoring a very effective Nate Schierholtz who was running on the play. And Samrdzija, who had a somewhat shaky first, said "No Soup for you" for the next 7 innings. Cubs are in first place. LET'S OVERREACT TO EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!
We made the Shark's brain bigger. As a side effect, they got smarter. (Sorry. So love that line. One of my favorite bad movie lines ever. Gonna use it a lot.)
Jeff Samardzija was down right nails today. 110 pitches, 9 K's no runs in 8 innings. It almost mirrored his last start of the season, also against this Pirates squad. Some people look at Samardzija's record and see a bit of a bum slayer, as his outings against the Pirates, Padres, and Rockies of the world tend to inflate his numbers. But his stuff was just filthy. Mid 90's fastball that sets up a totally unfair splitter. I wasn't against him finishing the game.
Nate Schierholtz is gonna walk before Dale makes him run.
Nate Schierholtz got on in a variety of ways- walk, single, hit by pitch. And at least three of those times was followed by a hit& Run call from the bench. It speaks to 1) a belief in Wellington Castillo. and 2) an aggressive approach from Dale Sveum. Just 1 game, but very welcomed to see.
The Sushi that got a save in Pittsburgh.
So on the whole sphincter scale with 14 carats being the highest and 1 carat being the lowest I'd give that 9th inning a 6 carat rating. Marmol wasn't particularly wild. But he sure wasn't particularly good. But Dale had the same uneasy feeling we did and got him out of there quick. Russell to Kyuji Fujikawa. WHO LOOKED ABSOLUTELY AMAZING in throwing two 4 seam fastballs, one which was hit for a harmless fly out.
So Yeeha. Better to win them than lose them. And we're tied with the Mets and the Astros for 1st place. While the yankees are obviously tanking it for Rondon......I kid. I kid because the Cubs won opening day. And we have a day off tomorrow to let it all sink in. Good times ahead...