Ahh, good to have ol' Cub Baseball back. Anthony Rizzo pelting the pea all over the field, youngster Asmirendy Alcantra flying a hole in the wind………..Edwin Jackson……doing…..whatever it is he does. The Cubs started "The second half" of the season very much the way they played the first half- A very kaleptic bag of confidence and talent and never at once heading all in the right direction. The Cubs got on the board first. Who else? Anthony Rizzo with a 440 right center field bomb in the 4th. 2-0 Cubs. Luis "The Batflip" Valbuena would double that inning and score on a Ryan Sweeney single. But back would come the Diamondbacks in the 5th Didi Gregorious and Nick Evans, two of the Diamondback weaker hitters would both single home runs. There was also a classic Edwin jackson wild pitch that threatened to tie the game but it bounced right back to Wellington Castillo. Rizzo would go KABONG again to make it 4-2 Cubs. But Jackson and THREE Relievers would give it all right back. Didi Gregorious knocking in the go ahead run against Zac Rosscup. The Cubs would have their chances but we've seen how this dance would go. 5-4 Diamondbacks. Everyone lookout for Scorpions on their way back to the hotel.
I'VE GOT SOUL. AND I'M SUPERBAD.
It's simply a matter of when with Edwin Jackson these days. He's gonna have one inning that negates the other four where he looks pretty good. And it always looks self induced And you never feel sorry for him. Personally I prefer the one where he gives it up in the 1st and then "Calms down" to get through 5 and 2/3rds or whatever. This time it was the 5th inning. After 4 fairly solid innings of work. His line doesn't look terrible. 5.1 IP, 7H, 3ER, 0 BB, while striking out 3. Love the 0 walks. There will be lots of calls for Jackson to be moved to the pen, but he simply doesn't throw enough strikes to be in the pen. Speaking of which…..
YOU, I MEAN YOU. DID I SAY YOU? I MEANT YOU. NO, YOU.
Ricky Ticky really fired through the bullpen last night and it made very little sense. Yes, everyone is healthy after a five day lay off, but is the 6th inning of the first game back really a time to play Tony LaRussa Bullpen. And if you are playing the Lefty righty card then why didn't Zac Rosscup, who should be in Iowa until he he understands what a "Strike" is, face the lefty Parra and instead faced Degregorious who drove in the winning run. Renteria went to the relief well three times in the 6th,each reliever gave up a hit. Only when he said "Ramirez- the 7th" did things calm down. Makes sense to me.
Can not stop saying enough good things about Anthony Rizzo. Kid is just red hot. Two more home runs- each a no doubt about it Bomb!. He's just locked in. Can't wait till he has a legitimate power hitter behind him.
So that wasn't a lot of fun. Another winnable game. I know a lot of people will point to the plan and the draft pick. But there are so many L's on this schedule that I'd really like to see the Cubs take advantage of the possible W's. This was one of them. Hopefully tonight is one of them too. Travis Wood, in constant rebound mode, takes the bump against Wade Miley. I hear that name and instantly want to see if the game is on Nickelodeon. Anyway, should be a fun one. Until then. Onwards.