On an agonizingly slow Sunday, the Cubs blinked and saw their 1-0 lead turn to a 4-1 deficit and were as equally slow an agonizing in trying to get back into the game. Turns out, the Cubs wouldn't get back into the game, losing 4-3, and taking a split series 2-2 with the Padres before heading up north to face the National league leading San Francisco Giants. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead when Junior Lake smacked a home run just over the left field fence. It was so close that Lake actually stopped running between 2nd and 3rd because he didn't know if the left fielder had caught it.. 1-0 Cubs in the 6ht. But the bottom of the 6th would be Jason Hammel, and the Cubs undoing. A single by someone named Tommy Medica, a walk to Evereth Cabrerra and a walk to Seth Smith loaded the bases up with one out and Chase Headley coming up. THAT'S HEADLY!!!!!! Anyway, Headly would line out to Junior Lake but it was deep enough that we would have a tie game. Ricky decided he had seen enough of Jason hammer and brought in James Russel. Bud Black saw James russel on the mound and brought in the very angry Carlos Quinten, who deposited a ball into left field. 2-1 Padres. Rich Rent would then go to Brian Schlitter…. Only Jedd Gyorko greeted him with a two run double to center. 4-1 Padres. And even though Starlin Castro would hit a 2 run moon shot off Houston Street in the 9th it wasn't enough. Let's warm up the grill.
MY KINGDOM FOR A CAR
Jason Hammel seemed determined to want to give the Padres the lead. And this was while he threw 5 shutout innings. The sixth inning fell apart and fell apart quick…. So his line of 5.2IP 3H 3R 3ER 2BB 5 K seems about right. Everyday Jimmy and Duck Dynasty threw okay, but seemed to have failed the BABIP gods. Also didn't help that Emilio Bonifacio bounced the ball like Nate Archibald out in centerfield. Nate Archibald? Really? That's the point guard reference that comes to me…..???!!!!?? Doesn't help that Emilio Bonifacio bounced the baseball like Russell Westbrook after the Gyorko hit……..Much better. Schlitter threw another inning and was fine and so was Everyday Grimmy in his inning.
OLT MY LOVE, OLT MY KISSIN, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING
Every time Mike Olt kills a pitch for a home run Cub fans scream for Mike Olt to play more. But they're eerily silent when he has days like today. 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. AAnd this was Ian Kennedy and his 89 MPH fastball. I want to see Olt succeed but he simply has too much swing-and-miss in his game right now. So I don't mind the occasional game from the bench until he shows he's going to eliminate more games like this one.
I SPELLED M. A. M. MAN
Just to drop my two cents in on the weirdness of the Cubs signing Manny Ramirez to a player coach contract. I think it's fabulous. Manny's approach at the plate is everything Epstoyer wants. And Manny can probably relate it to todays kids better than some of the coaches. It sure can't hurt. My worry is if he starts to hit and the giant swirl of stupid calls for him to be promoted or to be traded for an asset. I really want to see how Manny can teach hitting to young players. Especially Mr. Baez. Let's see how this plays out.
Boy that series seemed to take a year and a half. Maybe it was because I had to listen to it through 90 year old Dick Enberg. Or because the games were long. Whatever, nice to see Petco in the rear view mirror. Onwards to pac Bell and the hot San Francisco Giants. Jeff Samardzija goes for win #1. Speaking of giant swirl of stupid overhyping stories…… here's one I'd love to put to rest. Here's hoping that happens. Happy Holidays, a hat tip to everyone that served our great country, and onwards.