The Cubs doubled their fun today. No. Really. They had 8 runs in their previous 5 games coming in to todays game against AJ Burnett and the Phillies. They got 8 runs today. The Cubs took advantage of a wild AJ Burnett in the first inning. Joey Buttafucco led of by getting on base with a walk, He immediately circled the bases when Ryan Kalish tripled. Anthony Rizzo then walked. Kalish would come home on a Nate Schierholtz sac fly. Luis Valbuena would then do a 90 foot four ball strut of his own.They would both come home after Starlin Castro laced a double and Ryan Sweeney sac flied. 4-0 Cubs. Carlos Villanueva, not-so-fresh after two unnecessary relief appearances, slugged it out for 5 innings and the bullpen did the rest. The Cubs delivered the death blow in the 6th with four more runs thanks to a two RBI double by Kalish and a nice RBI single by Rizzo. And that put the first win in the 100th year at Wrigley Field in the books. Let's get the grill and have dinner outside….
SORRY FOLKS, PARK IS CLOSED. MOOSE-TACHE OUTSIDE SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU.
Carlos Villanueva did yeoman's work getting through his 5 innings- surrendering 1 run on 6 hits while walking nobody and striking out 6. Villanueva did his best work with runners on base- none better when he pitched out of a one-out bases loaded jam thanks to a Starlin Castro muff. A 1-2 force out followed by a fly ball. The Reggie LeDoux looking Brian Schlitter and Hector Rondon were stellar in relief. Veras and Strop were anything but in a 2 run, just-get-them-out-already ninth.
DIRTY WHITE BOY
The hitting star today was Ryan Kalish, who took the torch from Reed Johnson as hustling, grundy white outfielder who deserves more time. Unlike Sam Fuld and Tony Campana, whose stardom rose on their lack of height and grandness, Kalish is an all out grinder. He grinds out at bats, He grinds in the outfield, he grinds running the bases, his dentist just gave him a new mouth guard because he grinds his teeth at night…..you get the idea. Naturally, Cub fans love him. Did like his approach at the plate. but before we throw Junior lake out of a peering car, let's see a few more games….
HERE IS HECTOR. THE FOOL WHO THOUGHT HE KILLED ACHILLIES
Where Lendy Castillo wasted everyones time, it appears Hector Rondon was a nice little rule 5 pickup for Theo and company. What makes Rondon interesting is he's now gone 2 innings twice with really no problem. Is their a thought to stretching him out? Or is he a late inning guy in waiting? Either option must sound appealing as Rondon has simply put his foot down on opponents so far while pitching.
So a win. Ye hah! And while 2-4 is no great shakes ( It's more like regular shakes….) If the hitting improves just a tick and the pitching holds…..well there might be reason to keep playing these games. Which would be nice. Kinda like this baseball thing. Day off tomorrow then the Pirates come into town. Multiple Edwin Jackson against Charlie Morton. Until then. Onwards.