Jeff Samardzija did his best Travis Wood impersonation and Cub fans got an early jump onto I-94 as the brewers routed the Cubs 9-0 for the series win at Miller Park. Roidy Braun led off the scoring with his second first inning home run of the series. Before then he hadn't homered in Miller Park in the first inning all year. Happy to help. In the next inning, Kyle Loshe, the pitcher, hit the first of his two RBI singles, scoring the ever annoying Scooter Ginnett. Then the Brewers broke the game open in the 3rd. Meanwhile on offense……the Brewers broke the game open in the 3rd. Nothing to see here folks. Except lots of Brewers fans with pants that don't quite cover their ass and smiles on their faces. Let's put this in the mail with no return address.
SMILE YOU SON OF A BITCH.
Shark stunk today. Very similar to Wood's outing. No movement. No real command and no ….well no nothing. Shark's ERA rose to 2.54 after giving up 8 runs in just 3 innings. It was Shark's shortest outing of the year. No real reason to chalk it up to anything other than one of those starts. But I'm sure wannabe GM's are arranging their boards. Because if you're a wannabe GM you have time on your hands. Anyway, Everyday Grimmy, for 2, Duck Dynasty Brian Schlitter for two and Everyday Jimmy for one inning of one run ball mopping up after the Shark.
WHO'S THE BIG WINNER
Junior Lake had a hit. Nate Schierholtz had a hit and relief pitcher Brian Schlitter had a hit. That was your offense from the Chicago Cubs. They weren't even as productive as one Scooter Ginnett.
ONCE IN MY LIFE, I WOULD LIKE THE UPPER HAND
Anthony Rizzo got bounced from the game after arguing strikes with the Umpire. This forced an infield shift that saw Bonafacio move to 3rd and Mike Olt move to 1st. Olt made several nice plays scooping up throws at 1st. He's shown flashes at 3rd too but has been beaten by the routine play. Not the case at 1st where the man was a vacuum. Rizzo is going to be a stay there for awhile. But it's nice to see some defensive versatility out of Mr. Olt.
Yeesh. Well, at least it was quick. What can you say about games like that. They're over so quick. Would've hated to have actually played in them. The Cubs showed on Saturday you can shake a bad game off and come back with a good game. Can you shake off two? Well, we'll find out Tuesday as the Mets come in to town. Zack Wheeler, the kind of pitching prospect the Cubs are hoping to acquire, takes the bump against Jake Arrieta, the kind of pitching prospect the Cubs have been acquiring. Two teams in different stages of massive rebuilds. Should make for an interesting series. Onwards. (And Go Hawks!)