MAybe Jeff Samardzija just knew a lot of good jokes. Perhaps Jason Hammel ran a card game that was the Cubs bonding social event of the season. Maybe the Cubs are just no darn good against the Reds. Whatever, the reason, the Cubs looked overmatched, overwilled, and just got fed their heads by a Reds squad for the 4th game in a row. This game was coming off the hangover of losing both ends of the doubleheader, the second game in which saw the Cubs blow a 5-0 lead. Tonight was nothing as dramatic. Tonight's offense was provided by….surprise….. Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo hit his 20th HR of the year. First lefty to do that on the Cubs before the all-star break since Rick Monday. Rizzo's HR tied the game at 1 and would stay that way until the 5th. The ever annoying Zack Cosart on 1st and Billy Hamilton at the plate. Now everyone knows that Billy Hamilton can run a whole in the fabric of time but doesn't hit well enough to get on base. Gve him more games against the Cubs. Hamilton Hit what felt like his 9th hit of the series into the gap and was on third within three winks of an eye. Why the 3rd base coach didn't let him go home is anyone's guess. It did trigger a nice little hit parade with Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce, and that was it for Dallas Beeler, and that was it for the Cubs. And why is Thom Breneman still talking? Who have I angered now? Skyline Chili still sucks.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN DALLAS FROM A DC-9 AT NIGHT?
I like Dallas Beeler a lot. I only have one draw back. I like everything about Dallas Beeler except for that small time from when the ball leaves his hand to the time the ball crosses the plate. Other than that, he's great. Like his frame, his size, his work ethic, he has a great delivery and some movement to work with. He just doesn't have much in the way of stuff. He's like a boxer who can't throw a knockout punch. His pitch count soared as Red batters quickly found out there's no pitch to look out for. Foul off foul off foul off. Next thing you know it's the 5th, Beeler is approaching 100 pitches and doing the ol' huff n' puff. Everyday Grimmy pitched the 6th and Rock N Roll McDonalds Wesley Wright went 2 innings to finish the game.
ALCANTARA TO THE LEFT HAND SIDE. ALCANTARA TO THE LEFT HAND SIDE
So tonight marked the debut of Asmireldy Alcantara and my spelling going straight into the outhouse. Alcantara is subbing for Darwin Barney who is home with his wife as they deliver their third baby. Anyway, I saw a kid with pretty big disney eyes. That he went 0-4 with two K's is almost beside the point. It's that he's here. Play him tomorrow, let him get something positive out of the experience and give him a carrot to get back up here as soon as possible.
R TO THE RIZZO, V TO THE RIZZA
Rizzo has just been a beast. Pretty much all year. He basically stands on the plate and dares the pitcher to come inside. Anyway, if you haven't done it, go hashtag #VoteRizzo or go vote for him at mlb.com. THis dude deserves our love. Not to mention, every time I've voted for him, he's hit a home run.
So four in a row to thhe Reds. I understand the Reds are a better team. And the Reds are on a roll. I refuse to think the trading of two Cub pitchers has sent the Cubs back into futility. Pitching hasn't really been the problem. Anyway, Cubs try and save face and not get a 5 game broom hit them on the ass tomorrow. Cub Call Up Kyle Hendricks takes the bump against Homer Bailey Money……what? His name is just Homer Bailey? You know….we threw the term Homer Bailey Money around so much I just figured he changed his name…… Anyway, Homer Bailey vs. Kyle Hendricks to avoid a 5 game sweep. No pressure kid. I can not wait till we no longer have to play the Cincinnati Reds. Onwards.