We take a brief respite from all the Jeff Samardzija rumors to inform you that the Cubs didn't hit and the Cubs didn't win….. Oay there was a little more to it than that. The Giants and the Cubs wrapped up a series with one of the most painful to watch games you'll ever experience. Low on offense, low on strikes. Just a lot of mouth breathing on the mound with pressure on the pitchers solely from the pitchers. If you told me today was Saturday, I'd believe you. Tim Lincecum and and Edwin jackson held the game scoreless for the first five innings. But both pitchers had pitch counts into the 90's. So when former Cub Angel Pagan doubled and Underpants walked, Rich Rent decided to go to Everyday Jimmy to face the Kung-Fu Panda……Oops. Pablo Sandoval Hit the ball right back up the middle for a 1-0 lead. Beard and hair who throws lefty out, beard and hair who throws righty in. Brian Schlitter would get Hector Sanchez to fly out but the former Cub Tyler Colvin……TYLER COLVIN!, would lace a double down the line and Underpants would make it 2-0. The Giants would pile on in the 7th, all three runs unearned because Mike Olt waved at a ground ball as it strolled by him. 5-0 Series over, let's try and beat traffic to the airport.
ACROSS THE CROWDED DISCO ROOM.
It was nothing to look at but, it was a pretty good Edwin Jackson performance. 5.1 innings 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB 9K. He struck out 9. He was dealing. That doesn't mean he had confidence. The fidgeting, the long waits while pitching in the stretch- all Blood pressure skyrocketingly present. But it's been a year and a half of this, it's simply what it's going to be. Would like him to pitch to contact just a tad more so he's not 96 pitches in the 5th, but still, pretty good for E max today. Everyday Jimmy, Every day Schlitty, and Everyday grimy have had better days than today in relief.
Mike Olt was billed as a very steady defensive 3rd sacker. And you see the skills. He moves in on balls very well, he has a very strong and accurate arm. But he has these lapses in concentration, lapses his teammate who lines up to his left gets killed for, on some of the simplest plays. There was no excuse for letting that Buster Posey hit get by. That was a routine grounder. It led to three un earned runs. Olt had made a sensational play on Angel Pagan earlier. Almost makes the Posey Fo-pah worse.
YOU WERE JUST….. A FACE IN THE CROWD.
Old friend Tyler Colvin bit his former team with another RBI. He was one of Theo's first trades. Trading Colvin and DJ Lemaihiu for underachieving pain-in-the-ass Ian Stewart. OOPS!!!!!! Really have no problem with Theo trading Colvin, an over drafted outfielder by henry back when the farm system was run by a shoebox full of singles Hendry kept next to the Scotch in his desk. What's sad is that it's been three years and we haven't had an outfielder that's clearly superior to Colvin, who has released by the Rockies and signed with the Giants as a free agent. Speaking of Scotch…..
So that was awful. I wish I never saw it. But I did. I'm never gonna understand how bats can just vanish like that. Hudson I understood. But Lincecum wasn't that impressive……Arrggghhhh. Anyway, we'll let you get back to the Samardzija rumors. Day off tomorrow before the Cubs return to Suds R Us and the Milwaukee Brewers for the weekend. This California trip had a lot of good in it. Bummer that it's ending on something oh so familiar. Anyway, Onwards!