As everyone here knows, Jeff Samardzija put up a 1.46 ERA in his first 10 starts and was rewarded with an 0-4 record. The Cubs put up a 1-9 record in those games as a whole. In their first game following the departure of the staff ace, the Cubs celebrated by losing one the old fashioned way. Poor pitching and non-existent hitting. Let's show a video of Addison Russell.
Let's go over the concept of "Innings eater" again, Carlos
With the staff decimated following the Samardzija/Hammel trade, Carlos Villanueva got the start with a simple mandate: get the game to the middle innings so Ricky could stick the kid from Iowa in and not torch the bullpen. Well, he did get to the middle. Of the third. Averaging about 10 pitches per out, he was done
How about that Addison Russell video again?
Rus(h)in' back to Iowa?
Poor Chris Rusin came on trailing by 3-0 with nobody out and a runner on second in the third inning. Adam LaRoche reached on a swinging bunt. For reasons that are unclear, Castillo tried to get the lead runner at third -- gotta cut off that all important fourth run -- and wound up getting no outs.
Then the nationals started beating down Rusin like he was an idealist on Capitol Hill. By the time Denard Span came up for the second time in the inning, the Nationals had jumped out to a 7-0 lead and this one was over.
Rusin looked like he was settling down and would at least save the bullpen -- a necessary task with the mop up guy starting the game -- when the Nationals struck for two more in the 6th.
I've been a big proponent of Rusin as a #5 and in fairness to him flying to Washington from Oklahoma City overnight is not the best way to ease him in. However, he really did himself no favors today.
Justin Grimm entered the game in the sixth was nice enough to help the Nationals improve their triple slashes even more. In the seventh Renteria asked if there was a slaughter rule in baseball. After the ump told Renteria no, Wesley Wright drew the short straw and had to pitch.
Hey Look, it's Jed Hoyer!
Hoyer stopped by the booth and, understandably, they talked as little as possible about what was actually happening on the field. "Now we'll play the Addison Russell video again. See, this game isn't really happening. Addison Russell is the story here."
All the while, Nats' Starter Gio Gonzalez was automatic over 8 innings. Rizzo was 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. Junior "The .257 OBP Leadoff Man" Lake was 0 for 4 but only had 1 strikeout. I think Olt managed to strike out 7 times in 3 at bats. At least Castro kept the no-hit streak going.
So that happened. Jake Arrieta starts tomorrow. Hey, did you know we got Addison Russell?
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