Setting a bar of competence and skill they probably won't match for the rest of the week, possibly even month, the Cubs found themselves inexplicably opening a can of Whoop ass on the Texas Rangers Monday Night at Wrigley Field. This was a make up game from the Rangers April visit that was rained out. Fortunately Ron Washington came back and showed everyone how and why he'll gloriously screw up another Texas Ranger title run this fall. The Cubs got a true effort run in the first when Kim Dejesus' husband got on base with a leadoff single, stole second and went to third when Geovanny Soto airmailed the ball into centerfield. Gotta say, kinda nice being on the beneficial end of a Geo Soto gaffe. Now I see why all those opposing fans were having such a good time. Anyway, Dejesus came home when Alfonso Soriano beat out a double play attempt. That was all the runs Scott FELDMAN!!!!!!!!! would need as he was awesome for the second game in a row. But Ron Washington, Godd bless him, had to over think a situation that didn't much thinking. With two outs and Luis Valbuena on 2nd. Ol' Warsh thought it be good to intentionally walk the .154 hitting Darwin Barney in favor to pitch to the pitcher. Nobody told Warsh that getting Barney out and leading the next inning off was a superior plan and naturally Washington's plan didn't work. FELDMAN!!!!! singled, Dejesus walked, Castro got a hit, Rizzo got a hit, here a hit, there a hit, every where a hit hit and this sucker was over. Let's get, let's get, let's get rocked.
I'D BE MARRY BUT I'M A JEW....ON CHRISTMAS
Once again Scott FELDMAN!!!!!! was DUH MAN!!!!!!!! Seven innings, two hits. That's it. Two hits and a walk while striking out 3. No matzah for the Rangers. Had them off beat all night. The cutter was especially effective and the breaking stuff had the Rangers killing worms all night. And his confidence grew as the game went along. A goofy pratfall coming out to bat in the 7th and Carlos Zambrano-ing an at bat might have lead to a minor injury ( early report was a blister.) but nothing to be concerned about. James Russell and Rafael Dolis closed up shop.
HUSTLE AND FLOW
After getting swept by the Reds, it was kind of neat to see the two veterans set the tone early. David Dejesus has had the best approach all year. (Although special hat tip to Luis Valbuena who leads the Cubs in Walks and OBP....). And his getting on base and taking the extra base. And Soriano beating out that double play....well, I'll just say that's probably a double play under Pinella or Quade, and this game starts with a much different tone. While the results and numbers don't say it, these two bust it every night and it's good example for a young team coming off a weekend where they were just swept.
BETTER LEAVE IT BEHIND, CAUSE THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.
Just seems to be a sweeter win when you check the Box score and see all the crooked numbers by the names Castro and Rizzo. Starlin was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored and Rizzo was 3 for 4 with four RBI. It's even fun to type... Rizzo was extra special as twice he went the other way and when the pitchers adjusted and started coming inside he turned on the power and launched one into the right field seats. Remember when he was struggling and a lot of us ( myself included) were worried about his progression. yeah, well the Crow tastes great.
So that was cool. That's the game that says "That's how it's done Boys".... If only they could just repeat it. Granted that Ranger team looked like they wanted nothing more than to get back on the plane, but FELDMAN!!!! made sure they didn't miss their flight. Travis Wood and his really nice beard take the bump tomorrow as the misery known as the St. Louis Cardinals come to town. We've seen the Cubs have good games like this but never really build any momentum off of it. If this is a season of "progress", and I see no reason why it still can't be, then they eventually will. And what better time than on the Cardinals and their Skoal-for-Breakfast fans. Onwards