Cubs Are Gonna Homer Today -- Cubs 5, Angels 1

The Chicago Cubs came out strong in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels in interleague play, with four home runs and a solid start from Cole Hamels.

Hamels breezed through a 1-2-3 first inning with a pop out from Albert Pujols, a fly out to center from Andrelton Simmons, and a ground out to short from David Fletcher.

The Cubs responded with hot bats in the home half of the inning against Angels starter Tyler Skaggs. Kris Bryant singled, and Anthony Rizzo brought himself and Bryant home on a two-run home run to put the Cubs ahead 2-0. Willson Contreras then hit another home run and the inning ended with a score of 3-0.

The Angels got on the board in the fourth inning with a solo home run from Pujols, bringing the score to 3-1.

David Bote hit yet another home run in the bottom of the fourth. Mark Zagunis and Kyle Schwarber followed with singles but were left stranded, and the inning ended with the Cubs up 4-1.

Noe Ramirez replaced Skaggs on the mound in the fifth and got a 1-2-3 inning. Bryant grounded out, Rizzo popped out, and Javier ez struck out looking.

Contreras must have felt the Cubs needed another home run, as he hit his second of the game and the teams' fourth overall in the sixth inning. The Cubs were now ahead 5-1.

Jake Jewell took over pitching for Ramirez in the seventh and Brian Goodwin entered the game at left field. After striking out three times in his prior at-bats, ez grounded out to first, standing two runners.

Hamels lasted eight innings with four hits, one earned run, no walks, and six strikeouts. He was relieved by Brandon Kintzler in the ninth, who closed it out beautifully. Simmons was thrown out with a soft grounder, Contreras to Rizzo, Pujols grounded out to ez who threw to Rizzo, and the final out came on a 1-4-3 out to Jonathan Lucroy.

 

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  • Cole Hamels, Doo,Doo,Doo,Doo,Doo,Doo.

    Sing along with me, with your own 3-syllable suggestions.

    Am I trying too hard, or just an idiot?

    Don't answer that.

    W.

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    doo wah diddy diddy dum diddy do,
    They looked good, they looked fine
    Homers going out all the time.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Lovely. Anything to get fans to have fun and think creatively.

    Aren't wins supposed to be fun?

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    Absolutely. As Cubs fans this is what we want--great pitching good offense and enjoying the game.

  • As another example, and in keeping with the theme of this recap:

    Waveland, Doo,Doo,Doo,Doo,Doo,Doo.

    You're childless like I am, Jonathan, so I don't expect you understand. I'm just searching...

    Joel's a bright and witty guy. I'd be tickled to hear his input.

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Kris Bryant doo-doo, doo-doo doo-doo

    A. Rizzo doo-doo...

    Contreras doo-doo ..

    Kyle Schwarber doo-doo...

    Joe Maddon doo-doo...

    Pedro Strop doo-doo...

    Dave Bote doo-doo...

    Ben Zobrist doo-doo...

    J. Baez doo-doo...

    Steve Cishek doo-doo...(is that his first name...I'm going blank).

    DeScalso doo-doo...

    Ok. Now I'm reaching. But all I need to for the meter is 3 syllables.

    W

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    Kris Bryant doo-doo, doo-doo doo-doo

    A. Rizzo doo-doo...

    Contreras doo-doo ..

    Kyle Schwarber doo-doo...

    Joe Maddon doo-doo...

    Pedro Strop doo-doo...

    Dave Bote doo-doo...

    Ben Zobrist doo-doo...

    J. Baez doo-doo...

    Steve Cishek doo-doo...(is that his first name...I'm going blank).

    DeScalso doo-doo...

    Ok. Now I'm reaching. But all I need to for the meter is 3 syllables.

    W

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Okay Rock-n-Roll, I actually saw Lou Reed in '74 at the famous Aragon Ballroom, along with a girl named Jane when we were walking on the wild side during the beginning of my prodigal youth, doo, doo doo.

    Interestingly now that the pitching staff has their unquestioned Command Sgt Major is on the IL, as the Athletic writer, Sahadev Sharma, pointed out yesterday why the Cubs re-upped on Hamels and $20m is that he is a Sgt Major himself and can fill the void in leadership until Lester returns healthy. He bested Quintana's fine performance of going a full 7 innings by going 8 IP.

    When this year began I thought the possibility was real that the starting pitching could be a most consistent strength of a team littered with star power. So coincidentally Hendricks faces Stratton who both possess the same ERA, (6.48) where neither has made it through the 4th inning in their early-season starts. Looking forward to a clinical game by the Master Sgt Professor.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    I can't believe I missed this comment, rnemanich. This is all on me, not Joel.

    I really have enjoyed your takes over the years. In fact, many people have been somewhat confused be your language, but I understand and have often translated. You speak your own version of old-school ball. I get it.

    Great to see you again, our friend. Keep in touch, and keep up with your insight.

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    Maybe today I should have quoted one of my favorites--they were blowing in the wind!

  • Encouraging signs from both the starting rotation and bullpen. Hopefully we can keep that going. Who's up tomorrow, Hendricks?

    As a further sign of the possible turning off our fortunes, it looks like Mother Nature may smile on us again and rid us of the much-anticipated Chatwood start on Sunday.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Getting to skip a Chatwood start due to weather would be very fortunate for this team. Although maybe he's ready to bust out like the other pitchers are...

    BP, I hope you got to read my reply to you from the 4/11 game thread. I said nice things about Javy in there, while still voicing my main frustration, you know what that is....

  • The brewers have a -6 run differential and are on 3 game losing streak.Cardinals are currently smokin and tied for 1st.Cubs are 3 games out.I seriously didn't understand the sky is falling the division is over posts last week.

  • In reply to bolla:

    No offense I respect your opinion but I heard the same stuff last year about their run differential. It seems like cub fans love to keep doubting the brewers for whatever reason. Those WS kc royals teams also didn't have impressive run differentials that won based mainly off their bullpen and positional player group. I think the cardinals are stacked this year and have to be looked at as one of the primary favorites but remember the brewers are trying to integrate 3 young rookie starters into their starting rotation. I think this idea makes sense long term but I think it certainly hurts them in the short term. I personally think they're a way better team with chase Anderson and Guerra in the rotation with woodruff and burnes in the bullpen where they've been much more effective. Jimmy Nelson should be coming back too so one of their struggling young pitchers or 2 will almost certainly be moved back to the pen.

    I don't think most people were ready to conclude that the division is over realistic fans know the cubs are going to be a competitive team. I think the negativity is Moreso a reaction towards this being the 1st season in recent years where the cubs are underdogs rather then favorites. It also doesn't help when the team has the most disappointing offseason in years. From what I've seen though the brewers have been taking some injuries to their high end relievers and the cards look good but they also have a number of struggling players. I'm just happy to see the cubs pitching staff picking it up at least it looks like these guys are going to be in the thick of things. When you think about it we're 3 games out with an almost worse fade scenario happening with our pitching staff in addition to the struggles of bryzzo and Javy to a degree

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I’m not doubting the brewers I was just pointing out they have been struggling since going on the road.

    Their April schedule is pretty tough

  • In reply to bolla:

    I gotcha I know too you’re realistic and don’t just assume that this golden generation cubs team is automatically the team to beat based off their success. I will say I’m lower on the brewers then I was a week ago. It’s not even the losses for me I think they just made a mistake turning to 3 prospects to fill out 3/5 of their rotation. For me I know knebel had somewhat of an off year last season but that guy is nasty when he’s on. He showed that with his strong September and as a postseason hero for Milwaukee. Jeffress I question whether he can sustain that dominant season he was almost every bit as good as hader throughout the regular season. Now coming off a shoulder injury will he stay healthy and be as dominant? That’s 2/3 of their big 3 in that bullpen and hader can’t keep going multiple innings like he did against the cubs. That bullpen depth isn’t so strong as it has been although my concern is I think a guy like Corbin Burnes would be a nice set up man if they remove him from the rotation for chase andersonn

  • In reply to bolla:

    Point is their late inning relief pitching doesn’t intimidate me like they did last season with knebel dome for the year. I think Jeffress and their ability to pick the right guys for their rotation with many options is gonna be a big factor in how they fare.

  • In reply to bolla:

    My hope is that Jeffress falls off coming off his shoulder injury. Hader is a freak whose gonna get his numbers, but Jeffress pitched above his head and I wonder if he can sustain that dominance

  • Eloy Jimenez just hit his second homer of the night.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    How is Cease doing?

  • In reply to Roe Skidmore:

    You heard of Google?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Google is a wonderful tool, but it is also has it limits. Sure you could pull up Cease's stat line in less than five seconds, but we all know that is only a partial picture especially at this early part of the season. I just think about Cole Hamels first start which he left the game with a 9.00 ERA, but anyone who watched that start saw a guy that was pitching a pretty solid ball game.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    Thanks, Dabynsky for keeping the civility in line here.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I was joking. Guess it wasn't funny.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    No, it wasn't.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Dry humor doesn't translate well to this medium, and I say that as someone with a very dry sense of humor. I didn't wish to be too harsh because it truly is a lesson I learned very slowly myself. Just wanted to make sure that questions are always welcome here and that is why I replied the way I did.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    John always had an open mind on this site for all perspectives.

  • In reply to Roe Skidmore:

    Indeed and that was what I was hoping to maintain.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    Thank you.

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    In reply to Roe Skidmore:

    According to Yahoo sports, in his first start a few days ago he pitched 5 scoreless innings struck out 5, gave up 3 hits and no walks. His FB was consistently between 96-98.
    I know that Eloy is just beginning his ML career and Dylan has yet to pitch above AAA, but if Q doesn't help us win the WS and those 2 show up big time this could be one of the worst Cubs trades of all time. Now if we do win it will be worth it, but nothing will be decided this year or next year but in the careers of all three.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Thank you.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Q pitched well the other day, big question is Cease and how he turns out in long run. Eloy looks like a keeper so far. Gleyber Torres is looking very promising. Those 3 guys were our best prospects. Could we have won WS without Chapman? Those two trades, plus signing Heyward stopped us from getting Yellich and more pitching, which would have made us a WS contender?

  • Rizzo Homer was an absolute monster bomb! Contreras 1st onto Waveland was pretty, too. Nice back to back gems by Jose & Cole. Just when they needed it.

  • Contreras hit 2 onto Waveland I believe. Wind blowing out and Hamels only gives up one homer. And it was out of the strike zone.

  • It's amazing what coming home and sleeping in their own beds can do for a team. I know I was beginning to freak out about the poor start (mind you, I was very calm and patient about the same situation for the last 2 seasons; 3 years in of row of this becomes a very alarming trend), but seeing them look like I expected them too while at home now is a big relief. Really hope they settle in and take advantage of the soft schedule over the next week. It would be nice to see them go into the Dodgers series as an over .500 team.

  • Contreras looks like he's back to that 2017 post asb level.Great to see

  • In reply to bolla:

    That’s a big 10-4. He’s off to a great start. I’m hoping that Caratini gets back sooner than later so that Joe doesn’t burn him out. Caratini was firing up too, at the plate.

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