The Cubs hit the road Tuesday night, mostly to let Wrigley air out after stinking it up with a 1-7 home stand. But tonight was no different. Actually it was in every way different. This time the Cubs brought the bats, but the pitching let them down. And in the end, the result was the same, with the Cubs on the donkey end of a 9-8 decision. The Cubs busted out for four runs in the second inning, highlighted by a 3 run homer from 3B Donnie Murphy. Edwin jackson, after a wonderful July, is off to a very flatulent August. Edwin gave up a run in the 1st, one in the third, doubled his fun with two in the fourth, before giving up the triple in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo HR kept it close. But Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies a 4 run lead. The Cubs would battle back in the 9th against Muscle-clown Jonathan Papplebon, mostly aided by a horrible Dominic Brown error. But 50th Cub to play in a game Thomas Neal flew out weekly to end it. Pat's or Geno's? Who cares.....
NO WHAMMY, NO WHAMMY, NO WHAMMY, NO WHAMMY, NO WHAMMY.....AWWWWWWWW
Multiple Ed came up craps tonight. 10 hits and 7 erned runs in 5 innings. Now let's note that his defense was not at it's sharpest. But Jackson had absolutely no faith in his slider ( in part because Beef would let a couple of them go to the backstop....) and this allowed the Phillies to just sit on his fastball. Body language is such a huge tell with this guy. You can see when he doesn't feel it. He has no rhythm, he picks at his uniform, he kicks the dirt too much. You could feel the Phillies hitters gain confidence, it practically oozed through the TV. It's just one start after a really good month. But Yick! Rondon and Bowden came in and were both bad in relief. ICK ICK.
I MUST'VE GOT LOST........SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE
David Dejesus has been better than expected playing full time in centerfield this year. Last year he was very tentative and took veryabstract routes to the ball. All that was on display tonight as Dejesus seemed to have misjudged every ball that was hit this way from Chase Utley's double in the first to Utley's triple in the fifth. Junior Lake tried to top that when he tracked Carlos Ruiz to the wall then appeared to try and run through the wall.....hoping that the homerun would crash through the cement bleachers and land in his glove for an out if he could..... Or something. I know Dave McKay works with the outfielders every day. Might be some more work tomorrow.
DO YOU SEE WHAT YOU BELIEVE? WILL YOU BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS?
So Nate Schierholtz had a good game against his former employer. # for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. What was really impressive was his last run scored. On 1st base after singling home a run, Schierholtz took off when Castro lofted a lazy fly to left, the game for all intents and porpoises was over. But when Brown let the ball dribble off his chest Schierholtz was already around 3rd, because he never stopped running. Cool to see.
Not the best way to start off a road trip. However 8 runs after what we saw last week was a sweet sight to see. Here's hoping Travis Wood gets back on the beam tomorrow. He'll need to as Cole Hammels takes the mound for the Phillies and he has that kryptonite combination of being left handed and having a pulse that the Cubs haven't had an answer for all year. Anyway, cool to see Eric Jokisch....Joskich....Jokis......good to see Eric J get his no hitter for Tennessee. Anyway, onwards.