Maybe the Cubs woke up from their nap. Or perhaps they had enough bad water downed beer and just got pissed off. Whatever the reason, the Cubs realized they were playing the Brewers and treated them as such. Dioner Navarro hit a three run home run and Matt garza was simply outstanding in what could be his final game as a Cub. Throw in one of the worst performances in left field by Brewer Caleb Gindil, and it adds up to a 7-2 smashing of the Duds from the Suds. The Cubs hit Wily Peralta ( Super Genius) early and often. Brian Bogusevic continues to hit since being called up from Iowa, singling home Ryan Sweeney. Bogusevic would would later score on a Darwin Barney infield single. In the third, Starlin Castro singled, (good sign), stole second (Gooder sign) and then scored when Caleb Gindil decided to chase his tail in left field instead of catching the ball. That set up Dioner Navarro's home run and despite giving up a third home run to Juan Francisco in as many games, the game was over and you can cue the laugh trax.
THE GARZA STRIP.
Well if that was Matt garza's last start as a Cub, he will be leaving on a pretty good note. Garza struck out 10 while only allowing one run in seven innings of work. Garza's curve was uber-impressive and most Brewers were simply swining at a rumor. And when the Brewers got runners on like they did in Garza's final farm, he simply buckled down and pitched his way out of it. Blake Parker, James Russell, and Shawn Camp made the last two innings harder than they needed to be but got through them nonetheless.
THE GRASS IS GREENER
So outfielders Brian Bogusevic, Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz weren't on the team in 2012. And they're more than likely not going to be part of the Cubs in 2014. ( Save maybe Ryan Sweeney.) But they're 2 for 2 as an outfield. Granted it's against this sorry team. And tougher tests lay out west. But it's refreshing to see an athletic, versatile. outfield. This will most likely be the "look" of future Cub outfields going forward. Almost any outfielder could play any outfield position. Pretty neat.
THE SCOUTS MEOW
They saw Matt Garza live up to every possible good thing written about him. I highly doubt "the price goes up" on Garza, but it sure as heck should embolden Epstoyer to stay firm at whatever their asking price is. If one of the prospects acquired isn't in the starting lineup for 2014, I'm gonna be majorly disappointed. The line is last year's Garza's haul. If Epstoyer are the "World class" front office people we think they are ( Or I think they are...), then they should top it.
So a road series win. Yeeha. Now the Cubs travel out west to one of my favorite new parks in baseball- The Safe in Seattle. And there' will be no sign of King Felix anywhere. Hopefully the Cubs can get on a little roll here. Perhaps a win streak will take the players' mind off of all the trade talk buzzing around the team. It would be entirely welcomed. Onwards.