Cubs record comforting win while White Sox miss Joakim Soria

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Last night’s Cubs 5-2 win over the Cardinals was like meatloaf, mashed potatoes and cornbread.  That’s my comfort food.  Not only did the Cubs win, but Kyle Hendricks looked like “The Professor” and not a substitute teacher getting pelted by spitballs. After giving up a two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna, Hendricks went on to pitch seven innings giving up nothing else.

Really, have you seen a better defensive infield?

Hendricks struck out eight, allowing only four hits with no walks.  He was supported by excellent defense.  David Bote played third and made a couple of outstanding plays, bare handing a couple of dribblers and making an excellent throw to first. With Kris Bryant out of the lineup, Bote needs to play third regularly.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a better defensive infield than David Bote- Addison Russell- Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo.

Bryant's shoulder could be a bear

Frankly, I’m concerned about Kris Bryant. Shoulder issues and the way he finishes his swing look like a recipe for trouble.  I’ve mentioned David Bote’s fielding, but he also had two more hits, a single and a double.  Bote isn’t an MVP, but he’s a pretty good player.

Homers, an error and Javy

Last night’s offense was provided by solo home runs by Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo as well as a key two-out error by Cardinals second baseman Yairo Munoz.  Munoz’s error on a Jason Heyward groundball allowed David Bote to score.  Javy Baez followed with a double scoring two more runs and that was it for the scoring in the game.

Give ARod credit

I might be in the minority, but I think Alex Rodriguez is pretty good as the ESPN baseball color guy.  He was all over Yu Darvish and his rehab, basically saying it wasn’t playing well in the Cubs clubhouse.  He also gave credit to Tyler Chatwood for at least answering the bell despite having a terrible year.  Obviously, I wish Theo Epstein had more success in getting Cubs some starting pitching, but I give him credit for not getting gun shy. I’m optimistic about Cole Hamels helping the rotation.

Sox bullpen gets Fryed

Meanwhile, the White Sox were feeling the absence of Joakim Soria.  Starter, Carlos Rodon, was brilliant, going 7.2 innings and leaving with a 3-2.  Then came the ninth.  Jace Fry came in and couldn’t record an out, but did give up three runs.  Jeanmar Gomez followed and gave up two more runs.  The final score:  Blue Jays 7 White Sox 4.

Well, the Charlotte bullpen may have gotten better

The White Sox did make a move that could soon influence their bullpen situation.  They traded international bonus pool signing money to the Yankees for minor league relief pitcher, Caleb Frare.  Frare is a lefty with a good fastball and is considered a possible late innings guy.  I hope that proves to be the case.

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