Feeding off the good vibes from a weekend series win over the Nationals and the front office locking up one of it's stars, the Cubs got in a groove and let the good times roll at Wrigley tonight, moon-pounding the Rockies 9-1 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs jumped on Rockies starter Juan Nicasio like sugared up children on Grandma's couch. Alfonso Soriano hit a two run homer in the first inning that was hit so hard it hurt Nicasio's feelings. The Cubs would add three more in the next inning on two doubles by Travis Wood and Starlin Castro. Meanwhile the Rockies, who somehow are above .500, could only scratch out 2 hits against Travis Wood. They would however get a Jeff Rutledge homer off of mop up man Carlos Marmol. Yay for them. But this was laugher. Make me a Bicycle Clown.....
IS A HIPPOPOTAMUS A HIPPOPOTAMUS, OR JUST A REALLY COOL POTAMUS?
Travis Wood had his 8th straight quality start. The result ties him with pitcher Hippo Vaughn for most quality starts to start a season by a Cub pitcher. That's how awesome Travis Wood has been. He's being compared to pitchers with really cool nicknames like "Hippo". He might not be Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, but he's been nothing short of sensational. 2 hits and 3 walks through 7 innings. His confidence is at an all time high. It's like he expects this to happen. Good stuff. Tsunami James came on for the 8th and while Marmol did ruin the shut out, he threw lots of strikes and was efficient mopping up the 9th.
ONE OF THESE DAYS ALICE.....BANG ZOOM TO THE MOON
Soriano's home run was really really cool. CarGo didn't even move in left field. Just looked up. Thing might have even landed past Waveland, where some stupid Ballhawk probably ran over a 10 year old kid to retrieve the ball. With each home run I hope that it leads to one of Sori's "Streaks". He is hitting .280 which is pretty good. But that .404 slugging is really low, and it's time he jacked that up. See what I did there?......jacked? Home run Joke , see I took......you know what? Let's move on.
IMAGINE ME AND YOU AND YOU AND ME......
In the 7th, Starlin Castro singled to left, then went to third on a single from Anthony Rizzo. It was really pretty to watch. Then I thought. I get to see those for the next 6 years at least. and I just smiled. As if that wasn't cool enough in the 8th inning.....Castro walked.
Nice to have a game that was such a landslide for the Cubs you not only didn't have to dig to find the positives, you had to actually guard against getting over optimistic from the results. Still, that's 3 in a row. And Jeff "I will find you and I will kill you" Francis and his 6.90 ERA take the bump tomorrow against the Moose-tache Carlos Villanueva. If it's all the same to the Cubs I'd like to see this winning thing continued. Onwards.