This is Shangri-La. Cubs 5 Mariners 3

So same drink, but with a twist. The Cubs got another good starting pithing performance, Wore killer throwback uni’s, scraped enough of a lead, only to turn it over to Kevin Gregg and have him surrender his first blown save of the year. But instead of spiraling out into the one-loss sea, Alfonso Soriano spanked the hell out of an Oliver Perez fastball and sent it into the right field seats for a 5-3 win. The game couldn’t have started with a better omen, Starlin Castro hitting his first home run in what seems like forever. That 1-0 lead was short lived as Jeff Samardzija had trouble finding his groove early. He surrendered a home run to Justin Smoak and a Dustin Ackley RBI single. But Shark would settle down and the Cubs would scrape to the lead. In the 6th inning, Luis Valbuena would double to lead off the inning. One batter later, he would score on a Nate Schierholtz single. Schierholtz would advance to second on the play at home. He came home with the lead run thanks to an Alfonso Soriano bloop single. All looked Hunky Dory until the 9th. Endy Chavez, who was 0-19 going into the at-bat hit a dying quail into center scoring pinch runner Michael Saunders. Then Sori put on the cape, Blake Parker auditioned for the closer’s job once Gregg is traded. and all is right with the world. Peanut Butter jelly time.

A LITTLE DANCING THING CALLED THE MUD SHARK.

Jeff Samardzija had a very good outing despite the rough start. 46 pitches to get through 2. But as we see Shark develop, he’s learned how to get the 9-12 pitch innings to help him stay in the game longer. Bottom of the fourth- 12 pitches. Bottom of the fifth-9 pitches. The end result-7IP 6H, 2ER 3BB 5K. Not bad considering the first two innings. The mandatory Jeff Russell inning followed by Gregg who wasn’t terrible, just bad enough to let up the lead.The Moose-stache pitched the 10th for the win and Parker came on to get the save.

NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOUR SORI

There’s been a lot of talk after Bogusevic has played in all of two games that this will be the end of Soriano. Some went as far as this was a way to “poison the well and force sori to wave his no trade clause” It’s amazing what low IQ’s they let on the radio these days. Anyway, Sori hit his 7th home run as a Cubs DH, that’s the most in team history. Not saying much I know. But back to back home runs might mean the start of a little Sori hitting streak. and at a perfect time too. Sori might be traded. Might see a reduction in playig time. But Sori has the respect of the team, his manager and the FO. And nobody is forcing him out of anything.

AS LONG AS IT’S NOT HIS FACE

New Cub heart throb Ryan Sweeney left the game after three innings after running into the wall chasing a Raul Ibanez hit ball. No word has been given on his injury but it doesn’t appear to be serious.

So that’s better. Cubs go for their second road series win in a row tomorrow. Sporadic Ed takes the mound for the Cubs as he opposes the fully sleeved tattoos Jeremy Bonderman. With the later start on Sunday I’m pretty sure Brunch will be served a little later than usual too. Think 11’ish…..you know….when Brunch is usually served. See you here tomorrow. And onwards.

 

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  • Those jerseys are awesome! I hope we create something similar for our regular jerseys.

  • Agreed. Would love to see a white version of those for a home game.

  • Have any of the various injuries that have happen during the last
    week help the Cubs in getting any more trade partners.

  • I'm "all in" on those throw-back jerseys! Way cool!!!

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    They are rumored to have new road jerseys next season and dump those stupid looking blue softball tops.

    I really like these ones they wore on Saturday and the the 1917 solid navy blue versions they wore last year in San Francisco.

  • I wouldn't mind seeing the Cubs go back to the 1980 jerseys, and bring back the no button uni's. A few college teams are starting to wear them, and I think it'd be cool if the Cubs were the first to bring them back to the majors.

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