First of all, Happy Father's Day again to everyone! I had a blast hanging out with the boy all morning. We went to the park, then ate some Potbelly, then watched How to Train Your Dragon 2. Pretty nifty movie. Oh yeah, in case you missed it, the Cubs won the ball game (I got to see the end of it). On to the recap!
Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park
Friday, June 13 -- Cubs 2, Phillies 1
Jake Arrieta was lights out in this game, going seven strong innings while striking out nine Phillies. The Cubs runs came on a sweet two-run bomb from Starlin Castro. Neil Ramirez got the save, giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth but otherwise doing his job in place of Hector Rondon, who is being treated cautiously after complaining of mild discomfort in his pitching elbow. The Cubs also rocked some sweet throwbacks from 1964.
Saturday, June 14 -- Cubs 4, Phillies 7
The thing with Edwin Jackson is that he is capable of really great starts, and then he lays eggs like this every now and then, giving up all the runs the Phillies would score. The Cubs did have a home run parade (even Mike Olt got a hold of one) but there weren't any guys on the bases for each of their three deep drives and they couldn't overcome the bad outing by EJax. Nuts.
Sunday, June 15 -- Cubs 3, Phillies 0
Anthony Rizzo hit a solo shot in the first inning to give Travis Wood all the runs he would need for the day. Starlin Castro also collected three hits before getting frozen on a called third strike from A.J. Burnett in his last at-bat of the day. Luis Valbuena didn't fare too well in his leadoff role this game, but I'd keep him there because his OBP is a very healthy .382 (it will probably drop, but the guy knows how to get on base). Wood didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning and ended up going eight strong, ultimately giving up three hits and recording six strikeouts. Neil Ramirez notched his second save in a row with three flyball outs, including a game-ending popup. The Cubs ended up winning the weekend series, and put a nice capper on the Father's Day afternoon for us fans.
The Cubs won't play the Phillies again unless both improbably make it to the playoffs, having evened their season series. I'm sure that thrills Ryne Sandberg to tears.
Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, Marlins Park
The Cubs travel down the coast to Miami to visit the Marlins and their horrendous home run sculpture. The Cubs almost swept the Marlins at Wrigley Field last week but it was not to be. Enjoy the players before they're all traded! By the way, the Cubs are still working on signing their draftees, but their big get, Kyle Schwarber, is hitting up a storm in Boise right now. Cool.
Let's take a look at the next matchups:
Wednesday, June 18
11:40 AM Central
Jake Arrieta vs. Nathan Eovaldi
TV = CSN
And now I'm off for some dim sum. Chinatown FTW.