The Chicago Cubs got their first win of the season today, thanks to some early offense and some dominant starting pitching and defeated the pesky Pirates 3 to 2. The Cubs put up a "picket fence"- scoring a run in each of the first three innings. Emilio Bonifacio continued his white hot start with a single to start the game. Bonifacio would then steal second base and come home on Anthony Rizzo's single to left. That's right, Anthony Rizzo got a hit off a lefty with a runner on base. Save the date…. In the second inning Mike Olt went the other way and got one into the jet stream and just into the right field seats. They all count the same however and it was 2-0 Cubs. Bonifacio would double in the third and score on a double play ball by Justin Ruggiano. The Pirates would score two runs and have the tying run on base but Pedro Strop would shut the door and the Cubs head back home for the opener with a win under their belt. Let's pick up some beer on the way back...
HAMMEL OF THE GODS
Can't ask for a better start than the one you got out of Jason Hammel today. Hammel threw 6 shutout innings today. Keeping the Pirates guessing all day. His only blemish would be a Neil Walker walk that would come in to score thanks to some tired pen work from Everyday Jimmy ( 3rd game in a row.) and Justin Grimm. But Grimm, Reggie Ledoux looking Brian Schlitter and Vote For Pedro would get the job done for the Cubs.
ALL THINGS TO EVERYONE, RUN RUN AWAY.
As you know, we don't say the "T" word here. But it goes without saying that the Cubs base running has been atrocious so far this year. Cubs have been thrown out on the bases 5 times already. That leads the league. So like….please stop doing that.
Junior Lake made waves when he ran out onto the field and spent his first at bat in the wrong uniform. Instead of having the big, block CUBS across his chest, Lake was sporting a uniform that read "Chicago" across the chest. How was that even in his locker? Anyway, add that up with some of his base running decisions and the fact that he's been playing left field from the warning track and it's safe to say that Junior could get his head into the game a lot earlier.
So hey hey, a win. Makes the series a lot closer. The Cubs were in every game. And had that 1 for 27 been anything else, we're looking at a winnable series. Speaking of winnable series, the Phillies are in town tomorrow for the Cubs home opener. Travis Wood on the numb, Fausto Carmona and/or Roberto Hernandez or the Phillies….whichever you prefer. Should be a fun one. Until then.