So the Cubs, losers in series against fellow cellar dwellers Milwaukee and Florida, come in to Cincinnati to face a Red team that has not only knock-hockeyed the Cubs around the baseball field all season (13-3) but were red hot sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers. So what happens. Travis Wood throws his best game of the year and the Cubs shut out the Reds 2-0. Ladies and Gentlemen....baseball. The Cubs got their two runs the only way they've been getting runs- with solo homers. Ryan Sweeney got the Cubs on the board with a solo shot to right in the 2nd. And Luis Valbuena did yard work in the third with a home run of his own. And after that it was all Travis and the pen, who made quick work of the Reds. And when insufferable Yakkers Thom Brenneman and Chris Welsh have special guest Joe Morgan in the booth, the quicker the work the better. Thank you boys. Let's head for the border.
HOW DID YOU FIND ME?........I'M THE MAN.
Travis Wood was unbelievable tonight. Shutting out a red hot Reds line up for 7 innings. Travis through 70 percent strikes of an even 100 pitches in 7 innings. Considering it was a Dog's breath 90 degrees at game time that's sayin something. Travis would wind up striking out 7 while allowing no walks. That's a stud-like performance. Hopefully others follow suit. Vote for Pedro and Save-Bot 6300 both worked around hits to throw scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th for a hold and save respectively.
THERE WILL BE AN ANSWER.....LUIS V.
So Luis Valbuena had himself a fairly good game, going two for four and scoring the ever important insurance run. But his baseball running gaffe ( I will never say the "T" word....) was teeth grinding infuriating. On second base with 2 outs, Dioner Navarro hits a single to right. Dave Bell is wendell kim-ing the hell out of his arm sending Valbuena home. But Valbuena is too busy staring at Dioner navarro who was late getting to first. Valbuena holds up. Navarro, assuming Valbuena was going home because...hehe.....99.3 % of baseball players would have been running, makes an aggressive turn around first, and he's picked off by an opportunistic Brandon Phillips. If that's Castro, Sveum probably sends him to the showers. Inexcusable.
SWEENEY SWEENEY HUMMINGBIRD. HURRAH, WE ARE ALL FREE NOW.
Ryan Sweeney just seems to line things up. Love the sound the ball makes coming off his bat. And I really like the way he plays centerfield. He's really the only outfielder, along with Junior Lake, that I have any interest in coming back next year. Here's hoping he has a strong finish.
Huzzah!!!!! A victory. Against a very good and formerly hot Red squad. Boy one more out of these next two would really be sweet. Granted, the Reds are a much lesser evil than the Cardinals. But the Cubs should play their role, and if they want to take the Cubs lightly, well then they should lose a valuable game in the standings. Multiple Ed Jackson takes his act out to the mound tomorrow night against Tony Cigriani-which means a righty lineup. Well, things looked dark for the dudes tonight and look what happened? Should at least keep me interested till Sons of Anarchy.... Onwards.