Another Milton Berle game for the Cubs as they got just enough offense to defeat the Phillies 2-1. The offense was supplied by Starlin Castro, who hit a two run home run in the 4th inning. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta possibly could have had an "arrival" game as he held the the Phillies to just two hits over 7 innings. While the Cubs Bullpen wasn't exactly solid, it got through the two remaining innings with the lead in tact. Pats or Geno's? ( Although every Philadelphian tells me they're both terrible….)
BARK AT THE MOON
The star was Jake Arrieta, who was just cold blooded in his 7 innings of work. Arrieta gave up a double in the 5th and a single in the 7th and that was it. Arrieta struck out 9. Arrieta did appear to work backwards several times starting Phillie batters off with breaking pitches instead of fastballs. But whatever. What was gone was the holding the ball for an eternity and the self doubt. Just get the ball and throw. The result was his best start of the year and for all the talk of how well Hammel and Shark have pitched….Arrieta somehow has an ERA of 2.09.
HEY BLUE. WHY DON'T YOU STOP, AND LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON.
The Umpires tonight took nothing and made something out of it in the 6th inning. Starlin Castro was at bat- his first since homering in the 4th. Hernandez plunked him. Looked like it just got away. But with the Machado incident and the most recent incident in Atlanta the Umpires were overly sensitive…. or they received a directive from baseball to take tighter control of the games. Whatever. Home plate umpire Mark Rippenger threw Hernandez out of the game and then threw Ryno out after he justifiably stuck up for his pitcher. What nonsense.
I WAS SO MUCH OLDER THEN, I'M YOUNGER THAN THAT NOW.
Recently we've looked at some teams- the Mets, Perhaps the Pirates and Fish that are similar to the Cubs in that they are young, rebuilding, and the future looks bright. Tonight we see a team that shows you where the Cubs were. The Phillies are slow, old, bad and incredibly overpaid. 176 Million for this awful team. And its not like the young Iron Pigs are everywhere ready to take over. Ryno is in for some tough years. Sometimes t seems like the Cubs aren't making progress. When you consider the Cubs were once in the Phillies boat, they've travelled miles and miles….
Alright. That's the way to start the weekend. Really encouraging performance by Arrieta. I know he's had these before and he still needs to be consistent. But this was a very confident and engaged Jake Arrieta. Looking forward to his next start in five days. But until then, we get tomorrow, where it's guess which form of Edwin jackson takes the mound against David Buchannan. No reason not to let the good times roll. Onwards.