Oh look! John was able to post the minors recap well before this one came to an end! Luckily, it's a requirement for all Cubs Den writers to suffer from insomnia!
I have to admit that I was a bit worried about getting the recap finished, as I had a coed softball game tonight (we lost). Luckily, I missed a whole lot o' nothin' as the rain came and caused a roughly 17-hour delay (more about that later). Still we got yet another respectable outing from Tsuyoshi Wada, and Anthony Rizzo seems to be heating up again. Let's get to it, shall we?
The Very Last Time That I Saw Riz...He Said that He Was Trying to Find Himself
So this is the fifth recap that I've written, and it's the first time that I've really said much about the Cubs' slugging first baseman. He'd been in a bit of a slump, and Starlin Castro's hot August was easier to talk about. Well, Rizzo has had multi-hit games in each of the past two days, and looks like he is finding his stroke again. Especially pleasing is that he is driving the ball again. All four of his hits in the past two games have gone for extra bases, and both home runs have given the Cubs the lead. It goes without saying that Rizzo has likely been the Cubs' MVP this season, as he sits at second in the league in home runs, leads the team in OBP, and looks to have become a leader in the clubhouse. There's a lot to like about this guy.
You're despicable, inexplicable, and you're meaningless to me
So outside of the Rizzo blast, the biggest story of the night was the grounds crew covering, or not covering, the field with the tarp in a timely manner. If you were watching the Giants' broadcast, that meant that you were treated to the conspiracy theories and general whining of Mike Krukow. First they were "taking their sweet time" because the Cubs were up 2-0 in an official game. Never mind that they couldn't cover the field until the umpires asked them to drag the tarp out. Plus, if you look at the replay, they are waiting for Giants ball players to leave the field before they could get moving. Then, never mind the windy conditions and downpour, the crew was INTENTIONALLY putting the tarp on crooked to waste further time in hopes that they wouldn't be able to get the field back into playing shape. Said Krukow,"You cannot tell me that this is not intentionally premeditated." HOW DARE THEY DO THIS WHEN THEY KNOW HOW MUCH THIS GAME MEANS TO THE GIANTS! It was ridiculous, and yes, the crew should have done a better job, but seriously? You think they intentionally made themselves look like buffoons so that the Cubs could pick up an easy win? If so, Cub fans should be on the alert. Theo doesn't care about draft position, and is trying to squeeze every single win he can out of this season. Also, if the game means that much to your team, don't get shutout by a 33 year-old rookie.
Three Stars of the Game
#3 - Tsuyoshi Wada - the surprising performances continue, as Wada threw 5 shutout innings while scattering 6 hits
#2 - Anthony Rizzo - his blast on to Sheffield gave the Cubs the lead early.
#1 - The Grounds Crew - clearly the reason why the Cubs came out on top in this one
The Cubs take on the Giants again tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel. Something will have to give, as Edwin Jackson (6-13) faces Jake Peavy (2-12). Bleah. This one could get ugly.
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