There's so much not to like about the Cubs victory over the Diamondbacks last night- the Cubs squandered a 6-0 lead, the starting pitching went down for the third straight game, the bullpen....well the bullpen, the Diamondbacks have this player who wears a 70's porn star mustache and the Cubs never get him out so fans are wearing fake mustaches and playing super Mario noises and it's REALLY REALLY ANOYING- that you almost forget that the Cubs won. Being driven by the mojo of a new player, the Cubs took their second game of the 4 game series last night. It looked like it was going to be a laugher. In the 4th, an Anthony Rizzo double followed by a Nate Schierholtz single gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. In the next inning, Junior Lake, who's becoming quite a thing, doubled home a run to make it 3-0. And Nate Schierholtz dropped it like it was hot again with a home run to right to make it 6-0. Get out the McCain jokes right? wrong. Arizona got two runs when a ball bounced on second base and under Darwin Barney's glove. Then Sveum made the Sveumiest Sveum decision he'll ever Sveum and pulled starter Jeff Samardzija in favor of Blake Parker. Well, in favor of Paul Goldschmidt, who just clobbered Blake Parker's first offering into the left field seats. 6-5 Cubs. The Cubs would skate on thin ice for the remaining innings until Save-bot 6300 went "Danger Will Robinson" and gave up the tying run in the bottom of the 9th. Get out the Tom Tunney jokes right? Well wrong. Nate Schierholtz,drove in his 5th RBI of the night in the top of the 11th and the Cubs somehow wind up with a road W. Who's up for some breakfast.
I'M NOT GOING TO WASTE MY TIME ARGUING WITH A MAN WHO'S LINING UP TO BE A HOT LUNCH
Jeff Samardzija did not have his best game last night. To be fair, every break went against him. Worst umpire in Baseball Angel Hernandez had a Picasso-like strike zone that baffled pitchers all night. The ball that went under Darwin Barney's glove could have gotten Shark by on 5 innings without even giving up a run. But they say you make your own luck, and Shark didn't do that. 118 pitches through 5 .2 innings. Some of that is Hernandez ( although he did get 70 strikes.) Some of it was Diamond back hitters grinding Shark to death. But a good part of it was Shark trying to throw his way out of problems. Lots of reliance on the 2 seamer and 4 seamer. That killer slider and fork we saw in Colorado were nowhere to be found in the desert. And it cost him in the 6th when...
There are some that will justify Dale Sveum's decision to pull Jeff Samardzija in the 6th with two runners on base after he had just let two runners score (albeit on a fake hit.) and had thrown 118 pitches. But jee bus- 1) it was still 6-2....2) You sent Samardzija out there to get the 6th even though he had already thrown a 100 pitches....3) it was Paul Goldschmidt. In 7 AB's this year against Samardzija, GoldSchmidt has no hits and 5 K's. A homer puts them back into the game. This is the pivotal hitter. Who are you trusting, your top pitcher? Or Blake bleeping Parker? If Sveum was worried about pitch count he doesn't send Shark out in the 6th at all right? 1s 124 pitches that much worse than 118? O-for 7 with 5 k's and you choose Blake Parker. It's a classic 2nd guess. But OHHHHHH what a classic.
UP IN THE AIR JUNIOR BIRDMAN.
So Junior lake is starting to draw Yasiel Puig comparisons. And not just from Cubaphiles. National people are in on the act too. ( Well except for Keith Law who took to the airwaves and tried to pee in everybody's cheerios by screaming "Junior lake sucks" several times. Was sup dude?) But two more hits and an RBI. He's slugging 852. His OBP is 1380. He has the second most hits for a 6 game start in THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL. Suck like a fox..... Lake will eventually come down to Earth, possibly crash, but for now he's just wonderful. And He's helping the Cubs win. So is Nate "the great" Schierholtz. WHO SOMEBODY SAID MIGHT HAVE A GREAT GAME......
So two out of three against the Snakes. I'm really tired of this club from Arizona and look forward to Thursday's game being over. Carlos Villanueva takes the bump, and with the bullpen taxed, he'll be needed to go deep. So far Chris Rusin has given the Cubs the longest start in this series. Chris Rusin.... Anyway, a bullpen call up wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Otherwise, we can hope Junior and the boys can tee off on Arizona starter Wade Miley. Of course, there's that whole left hander with a pulse thing, and Cub hitters don't do too well against that. But we'll find out tonight. Onwards.