Jon Baker blew up for four RBI as the Cubs continued their march back to respectability, smacking down the Washington Nationals 7-2 at Wrigley Field. With the Cubs down 1-0 thanks to a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single in the 2nd, Jon Baker laced his first single of the day to center field scoring Luis Valbuena who had earlier doubled. The Cubs would add one more run when Darwin Barney, whose pissing off Cub fans everywhere by actually hitting, singled home Chris Coghlan. The teams would exchange runs and keep it at 3-2 until the 7th. The Cubs would load the bases and Jon Baker came up to the plate with an industrial strength broom……OK…..He came up to the plate with baseball bat……But he had sweeping on his mind……. Well OK, he had baseball on his mind. But when he laced a double down the right field line he SWEPT the bases clear and the cleaning imagery was on, because the game was over. Let's see if we can free ourselves of my nonsense.
WHERE BRIDGES NEVER BURN
I saw a lot of loud outs in Jason Hammel's performance. I've seen a lot of loud outs from Jason Hammel this whole year. But the bottom line's keep coming through. This one reads 6.1 IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, and 6K. Kind of what it's read all year. I wonder if other GM's are a little gun shy after seeing the success of the Feldman and Garza deals. Remember at the time each of those trades were made, they weren't considered the home runs people are calling them today. GM's might be looking at Hammel and saying, "Not falling for that…" but…..if this was……HAMMEL'S LAST START AS A CUB!!!!!!!……. It was kind of underwhelming. Duck Dynasty, Wesley Wright And everyday Grimmy finished up for the Cubs.
TRADE THE BUTCHER AD THE CANDLESTICK MAKER……THEY SUCK.
So Jon Baker wrote himself into short term Cub lore today. 3 for 3 with 4 RBI. I don't think Beef has much to worry about. What Mr. Castillo might have to worry about is how at ease Mr. Baker looks behind the plate and how comfortable pitchers like pitching to him. That he had a nice offensive game today is just bonus cookies.
IT'S NOT ALL UP TOP, GOTTA WORK THE LEGS TOO
Bottom of the Cubs order today went 7-14 and was responsible for 5 of the Cubs 7 runs. And the other two came from lead off man Ryan Sweeney, who knocked in teammates from the bottom of the order. Hope you got to experience it. Next scheduled appearance of offense from the lower part of the Cubs order is July 27th…..
So two in a row is a nice thing. We'll definitely take it. Cubs are now .500 at home with an 18-18 record. They also have a 12-8 record against the NL East, which I thought might be higher. Double header tomorrow as a Cub game/gay pride parade on Sunday might cause gridlock for the next 6 weeks. Whatever. The result is a double header tomorrow with Dallas Beeler making the trip from the corn to pitch game 1. Shark will anchor game 2. If Beeler can come through a sweep looks ridiculously possible. So let's root for that. Onwards.