The Cubs tried to rebound from a tough loss yesterday in a rare Saturday night game against the the Cardinals. The Cubs brought their hitting gloves and Matt Garza, POSSIBLY PITCHING HIS LAST GAME AS A CUB, kept the Nl’s leading offense at bay as the Cubs took their second game of the series. Lance Lynn might have been better off pitching underhand this night as he was hit early and often. Given a 1-0 lead thanks to a Tony Cruz single, Lance Lynn gave it right back. A Dioneer Navarro single drove Alfonso Soriano, who had earlier doubled, to third, but when Carlos Beltran started playing with his food in right field, Soriano hustled home. Navarro would score on a Dave Sappelt single, and Sappelt would score when Starlin Castro laced one all of 20 feet down the third base line for an infield single. Lynn got so mad at giving up a run on a 2 foot hit that he decided to give up runs on 420 foot hits. Alfonso Soriano was more than happy to oblige. Soriano crushed a Lynn meatball off the batters eye lounge in center. In the next inning, Luis Valbuena, HITTING IN WHAT MIGHT BE MATT GARZA’S FINAL GAME AS A CUB!!!!!!, crushed a 2-run homer to right. 6-1 Cubs. The Cardinals knowing that if the Cubs scored any more runs they’d have trouble coming back and knowing that their fans would have a hard time counting that high, staged a late inning comeback. In the seventh, they got a run when Allen Craig hit one off of Matt Garza, IN WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN HIS FINAL DEFENSIVE PLAY AS A CUB!!!!!, and under Barney’s glove. But Matt Gurrier bailed them out. In the 8th, they scored another one whenMatt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly. And they even scored one off the Save-Bot 6300. But that was all they got as the Cardinal fans cried in their PBR. No 2 for 1 specials at the Stuckeys are gonna cheer those fellas up tonight. Let’s Rock and roll all night and party every day….
THE GARZA STRIP
Wasn’t Matt Garza’s best outing. But might have been one of his toughest. Two earned runs in 6.2 innings against the league’s best offense is none too shabby. 10 hits in 6.2 innings has some shabbiness to it however. But pitching in jams is when GDuecesWild buckled down and threw his best. What worked for Garza was the number of first pitch strikes, mostly from his fastball. 21 of the 31 batters Garza faced was down 0-1. For the love of god, please trade him over the All-star break. The “discussion of trade rumors” are giving me a migraine. I can only imagine what it’s doing to him and the team. Gurrier did a good job getting fat Matt Adams t fly out. Parker looked “meh” but Russell looked great bailing him out. And then the Save-Bot……..eventually got it done.
SOME LIKE IT HOT AND SOME SWEAT WHEN THE HEAT IS ON
Alfonso Soriano continues to rake. And some continue to believe that this will cause his value to rise, even though he was hot last year and nobody bit. ( Not even San Francisco despite everyone wanting to believe he nixed a trade there. San Francisco GM admitted he never picked up the phone…) But Sori’s double to open the scoring and his home run catalyzed the Cubs offense. And everyone on the team loves him. Personally, I hope he gets as many hits as possible and worms his way into Hall-of-fame consideration. He might have the numbers to do it.
BLEEDING THROUGH DEAF EARS
Did I mention that this MIGHT HAVE BEEN MATT GARZA’S LAST GAME AS A CUB????!??!?!?!!? I only bring it up because Thom Brenneman and Tim McCarver mentioned in 7,356 times during the broadcast. When it was relevant, when it wasn’t relevant. They mentioned it during commercial breaks. And when they weren’t mentioning it they were totally misrepresenting other facts about the Cubs. Did you know that the Cubs were probably going to move Starlin Castro to the outfield to make room for the “slick fielding” Javier Baez? I didn’t either. I would thin that as the nation’s leading analyst I would have FanGraphs and Baseball prospectus’ newsletter as daily reading. I would be heinously wrong. McCarver has gotten by so much on his reputation and simpleton schtick that actual preparation has gone out the window a long long time ago. Breneman has his issues to. But it’s one thing to give an opinion I disagree with. It’s quite another to give an opinion that illustrates how out of touch and out of time you are with the way baseball is viewed, critiqued, and talked about. Hopefully that’s the last Cub game he does.
Alright….. Cubs try and end the “first half” ( the first half was over a couple of weeks ago…) on a winning note when they send All-Star Travis Wood out against All-Star Adam Wainwright. The Cardinal fans will have spent a fourth day in the sun and should have all the pleasantness of a tire fire tomorrow night, so for the love of everything, bring some OFF. I understand the need to get happy and interested in the trade season, because hopefully they’ll be the Cubs we talk about for the next decade. But the Cubs are playing their best ball of the season, and I’d hate to see you miss it waiting for the next Ken Rosenthal or Buster Olney tweet. Anyway, Onwards.