Today's answer is 5. Starlin Castro and Anthony "The Bear" Rizzo combined for 5 RBI in helping the Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 today. When the Cubs win, the answer is usually a crooked number. Today it was 5. And it all happened in the third. Bases loaded when Anthony Rizzo came up. Pirate starter Charlie Morton peppered the plate with off speed pitches, Rizzo fought them off, saw the one weak fastball wasted in the dirt before cranking on a mediocre curve ball into the right field corner. two runs would score. Morton would try more off speed stuff on Castro who deposited the second curve ball into the left field stands. Charlie Morton would stop throwing weak curve balls soon after that. But it was 5-0 and the game was essentially over. Let's all go over to Metro and rock out!!!!!
GOOD GOD Y'ALL!!!!!!!!
Edwin Jackson was a pale shade of OK today- going 5 innings and allowing 5 hits and 3 runs. What makes it all infuriating was the 8 K's- Jax had the stuff to keep the Pirates down and go further into the game. He simply didn't. But not Jackson's worst performance. Duck Dynasty and Wesley Wright in the 6th, The Regular Ramirez in the 7th, Vote for Pedro in the 8th, and Hector Rondon were all nails in putting up clean sheets for the last four innings.
TURN YOUR HEAD AND COGHLAN
Nice game out of Chris Coghlan today. Set up Anthony Rizzo in the 3rd by drawing a 7 pitch walk after going down 0-2. Granted Morton might have been flustered by letting Jackson get a hit, having two runners on base and the possibility of facing Rizzo with the bags packed. But it was Coghlan's responsibility to get on base and he did. He also homered in the 5th. Nice job.
THE JOY OF YOUTH
Pittsburgh is still aglow over the arrival of of their young phenom Gregory Polanco, who extended his hit streak to 10 games. The Pirates are 5-5 in those ten games, so it's hard to say what kind of impact he's really had. Al he's brought, with the exception of his talent and his hit streak, is a lot of noise. So when Bryant hits 3 home runs this weekend, and you know he will, before you howl for him to come up to the majors, look at Pittsburgh. Hopefully, Epstoyer take the offseason to get the house Bryant and Baez ready….
Love starting the weekend off on a win. Especially over an opponent that's had our number. An odd one tomorrow as the Cubs have a FOX mandated Saturday night game. Vance Worley takes on Travis Wood, whose coming off one of his best starts ever. Keep it rolling boys. Onwards.