Not to complain about doing my job. But the Cubs not only lost to the Braves 3-2 Friday night, they ruined a very simple wrap. Here was the wrap. "Mike Olt hit a home run. Jason Hammel let in two runs. Cubs lost." That was it. That was the entire wrap. Because that's all there was to say. The Cubs had one hit- A Mike Olt homer. And were losing going into the ninth. Julio Teheren was just awesome. But the Cubs muscled a run off of closer Craig Kimbrel when Ryan Kalish, who I'm personally MF'ing into a starter's job singled in Craig Coughlin and all of the sudden it was 2-2. But in the 10th the Cubs went into Vapor lock. Justin Heyward would walk (Mistake #1), then get picked off but because Wesley Wright took so much time getting the ball to Anthony Rizzo, Heyward would wind up stealing second. (Mistake #2) Then R2 would "Play the percentages" and walk Justin Upton and face Freddie Freeman (Mistake #3) and Freeman would slap the percentages into center field for an easy game winning single. It was a nice 14 word wrap….Now it isn't. Let's discuss.
I'M THE FINAL SURVIVOR IN YOUR HEART'S GHOST TOWN
Jason Hammel overcame some early control problems to turn in another solid performance. 7 innings, 2 earned runs on 7 hits while walking one and striking out five. There was some pre game rain and the ball might not have been as easy to grip. But after the first and third innings Hammel shut the Braves down. Please continue good sir. Zac Rosscup and Hector Rondon went two scoreless before Weslet Wright came in and did what he did in the 10th.
OLT THE PICKLES, OLT THE LETTUCE…..
So Mike Olt hit another home run. And every time he does Cub fans just start screaming "play him everyday, play him everyday." It reminds me so much of Richard Dreyfuss in "What About Bob" when Bob is helping Siggy get the confidence to dive and Siggy dives and Dreyfuss is like "I'll take it from here. I'll take it from here….." Isn't this whole rebuild based on drafting and DEVELOPING players. Maybe this plan is the right course for Olt. Heck he has 7 HR and 17 RBI, that's more than Castro and one less than Rizzo. He's going to get plenty of AB's Maybe the development plan that we've trusted these guys with implementing is working fine the way it is….. Let it breathe.
LEFT RIGHT, LEFT RIGHT, THERE'S NOT EVEN AN ENEMY LEFT, RIGHT?………...
The last inning just stings my tuckus something fierce. Heyward's on second. So you walk Upton to "Face the lefty" Only the lefty is Freddie Freeman- The Braves three hitter. Who's only hitting .320. You walked a player to face the Braves best hitter. How high do you think the righty-lefty percentages are that they have to overcome the Braves best hitter? Not that Juston Upton is a walk in the park… But walking him to get to the Braves best hitter…….I'll never understand.
So that happened. Teheren looked like he was really dealing. So to battle in the 9th when he got out of there is Something I guess. But what a silly 10th. Ah well…. Shark vs. Ervin Santanna tomorrow. Maybe better luck then. Onwards.