Raise your hand if you checked to make sure you were watching a live baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Wasn't Monday's game on DVR or a game from May or 2013….. No one would forgive you if you thought you were watching a rerun of Cincinnati's domination over the Cubs the past few years. A day after the Cubs offense erupted for 7 innings, it was back to scratching out a single run against Mat Latos. Meanwhile Edwin jackson resisted the urge, but eventually Edwin Jacksoned enough runs to the Reds to sink the series 4-1. The Reds got to Edwin Jackson in the first. Jay Bruce's double scored Todd Frazier. The Reds might have had a bigger inning but Joey Votto got thrown out trying to score after Frazier. The Cubs would tie it up in the 4th when Starlin Castro singled through a drawn in infield to score Anthony Rizzo, who led off the inning with a double. That would be it for the Cubs offense for the night. So when Votto and bruce Doubled their fun in the sixth, and wonder kid Devan Mesoraco continued his hitting fortune in the 6th, the game was effectively over, sending hundreds of Reds fans back home…... SHUT UP KIDS, I"M TRYING TO LISTEN TO SIRI. SHE KNOWS HOW TO GET BACK HOME TO CINCY!. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO GET HOME TO CINCY? ALL RIGHT THEN, WELL LISTEN TO SIRI, SHE'S YOUR NEW MOTHER NOW…….
UMM…BRING BACK JAKE!
Was only a matter of time till the dark cloud above Edwin Jackson burst open and started raining. At least that's how it feels. Dude hasn't had a quality start since May 17th. Tonight was no different. 5.1 IP, 6 Hits, 4 earned runs, 4 BB while striking out a pair of Reds. Pitch count seems to start at 30 with this guy. The stats say 53 of his 95 pitches were strikes. Felt like half that. Anyway, the best thing I can say is he doesn't pitch for another 4 games. Everyday Jimmy, followed by Everyday Grimmy, and an inning of good relief work by Carlos Villanueva finished it for the Cubs. Villanueva got his ERA under 6.00……so there's that.
UMMM ABOUT THAT NEW APPROACH
It was fairly evident that the Cubs weren't hitting Mat Latos tonight. But when Rudy Jaramillo was fired- remember back then?….and there was going to be this new approach to hitting, and more hitters were going to take pitches and Cubs lineups were gonna knock starters like Latos out of the game early and blah, blah, blah. Well Latos threw 106 stress free pitches through 7 innings and barely broke a sweat. I don't know if the Cubs were gonna do anything with the ever grown Jonathan Broxton and Alroidis Chapman anyway, but this approach to hitting is suppose to be across all levels of the organization, that includes the major league level too right?
So the Reds's series ends not with a bang, but with a Yak. Yak!!!!!!! Reds have seemingly won 40 out of the last 45 games against the Cubs and no it's not better that Dusty's not there. Anyway, no rest for the wicked as the Washington Nationals come in for 5 including a doubleheader on Saturday which will feature the pro debut of Dallas Beeler. That's something. Cubs have played the East fairly well this year,here's hoping that continues. Onwards.