The Cubs shook off the embarrassment of all things Kevin Gregg, fought through tough starter Kris Medlin and found a way to win a ball game today at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo's double, Dioner Navarro's single, and Nate Schierholtz's sac fly led to 3 8th inning runs and overcame a 1-0 deficit for a 3-1 lead. Then it was just a matter of watching Pedro Strop strike out the side in the 9th to send the faithful home happy. C'mon get happy.
SCRAPING ME OFF THE CEILING, BACK TO THAT GOOD FEELING.
Travis Wood was sensational today. Sure seems like I've written that a lot. Today marked Travis Wood's 24th quality start. He now has an ERA under 3 at 2.98. That's pretty remarkable. Today Wood went 7 + innings, allowing one run on 5 hits. He did walk 4, but he struck out 7. Dale gave him a lot of rope, only pulling him after two got on in the 8th. Carlos Villanueva did a heck of a job getting out of the 8th.
VOTE FOR PEDRO
Well, you don't want to get to crazy over one save chance. But you don't do it much better than Pedro Strop did it today. 3 up, 3 down, 3 K's. That slider to Dan Ugga was just filthy. And if he can throw that off a 95 MPH heater, well, you got yourself a closer...
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO
Two players that I'm sure Epstoyer are going to want to bring back are Ryan Sweeney and Dioner Navarro. Sweeney had a wonderful catch in the third where he ran into the ivy and crashed against the brick wall. Navarro got the winning hit and has exceeded all expectations this year as back up catcher. The question is, have these guys played well enough to get a contract somewhere else? Sweeney probably has performed to where someone gives him a 2-3 year deal. You dont offer him 3 years do you? And Navaro might have played himself into a shot at starting somewhere. And Beef as the starting catcher locked up here for the forseeable future. Would be nice to have them both back, but it might be out of the Cubs hands...
Huzzah. A win. Nothing erases the bad taste of off the field mindlessness like good, competent baseball. Will that continue as Multiple Ed takes the mound against young phenom Julio Teheran? Let's hope so. Onwards.