You knew that as the sunset through the two tire fires in St. Louis, giving the sky that faux purple and green hue, and as equal rivers of cheap, toxic Anheuser beer and homeless person urine flowed through the streets of St. Louis, that tonight's game would be anything but ordinary. And tonight's game did not disappoint. What started out as a pitchers duel, soon became a battle of whose closer can cough up the most of their lung and which manager can lock most of their brain. Fortunately, the Cubs won those battles……err…….lost those battles but won the war with a 6-3 victory over their arch rivals from St. Louis. The Cardinals got on the board 1st when obnoxious load Matt Adams would double to lead off the second inning, advance on a wild pitch and score on a single by Yadier Molina. I know. You're all schocked. Yadier Molina hit an RBI against the Cubs. And tomorrow is Saturday. But Shark would keep the Cards at bay. The Cubs did something they hadn't done all season. They scored a run while Jeff Samardzija was pitching. Happened in the 7th inning. Saw it with my own two eyes. Kolton wong booted an Anthony Rizzo ground ball and he would later score on a Ryan Sweeney single. But WAIT!!!!! It gets better. In the next inning, Justin Ruggiano would single, advance to second on the first of Manager Rick Renteria's 15 bunts, then advance to third on a single by My Colt. A Sac fly from Rizzo would score Ruggiano and give the Cubs the lead. But Nate Schierholtz would single to supposed gold glove left fielder Matt Holliday, who ran in circles and fell down long enough for Olt to score from first base. 3-1 Cubs. going into the 9th. And here comes Jose Veras…..
And then everything sucked. It went downhill so fast. Walks, hit batsmen, the few strikes he threw were called balls. Needless to say the Cardinals tied it up. It's a small miracle the Cardinals ONLY tied the game. But then both managers got brain lock during extra innings. Ricky Ticky bunted like 7 times and Mike Matheney decided to hit his pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. Anyway, after some horrible bunting, Beff Castillo came up with two runners on and pulverized a Rosenthal fastball 426 feet into a family of Opossums……..at least that's how they smelled. Hector Rondon nailed down the 11th and it was time for Cardinal fans to grab a cousin and go home. Let's head for the hills before we're up to our armpits in martians.
WE ENLARGED THE SHARK'S BRAINS. AS A SIDE AFFECT, THEY GOT SMARTER.
Can't complain about the way Jeff Samardzija is pitching. 7 innings of one-run ball on six hits while striking out 4. That's a little low for Shark, but so were the 98 pitches he threw which is good. My amateur/unemployed/half-ass scouting thought he didn't have his best stuff. His arm looked a little lower than usual, threw across his body a tad too much and had to many pitches where he wound up on his back foot with his other leg bent in some kind of crane position. But the results were there. I have to admit, I'm a tad thin skinned about trade discussions after every start. We're going to have trade talk about Shark for weeks and weeks. We're gonna be sick of it. For now, can't we just enjoy watching him pitch? Vote for Pedro pitched the 8th. Veras did….THAT….in the 9th….Everyday Grimmy got through the 10th after a shaky start and Rondon was solid closing it out.
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE…..ACCUSED OF HIT AND RUN.
Interesting moment in the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, Ricky Ticky called for a hit and run…..with Starlin Castro. Castro whiffed, and Schierholtz did what 80% of runners trying to steal on Yadier Molina did….which was get thrown out. Castro would then pop out and Castillo would ground out. Goodbye Rally. Now to be fair, Ricky Tick had seen his Cubs ground into 3 double plays earlier. But with Castro? And Schierholtz running? Curious.
CAUSE ALL I EVER HAVE….REDEMPTION SONGS
Wellington Castillo came up against fire baller Carlos Martinez in the 7th. Martinez left one on the inside and Castillo whiffed on it. He wound up grounding out. Castillo came up in the 9th against Pat Neeshek. Again Neeshek left one inside. Castillo didn't make him pay. This is where you were hoping Castillo would take the next step. Castillo comes up agains Trevor Rosenthal……his "next step" was 426 feet.
I do love victories over the Cardinals. I'll probably be over confident about the Cubs again and then get sad when the return to the mean. But there's fight in this dog. And they overcame some mistakes and beat a really good team. Can they do it again tomorrow afternoon against Adam Wainwright? The Moose-tache takes the bump for the Cubs. I hope so. But a couple of wins against the red birds would go a long way. to a successful April. Here's hoping. Onwards.