First Place Haiku: Cubs Beat Reds In Extras

First Place Haiku: Cubs Beat Reds In Extras
Chicago Tribune Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo

Soler: two home runs
Mendy: first hit this season
Cubs: take over first

Did you think Sunday’s come from behind victory in Colorado was exciting? Incredibly, the Cubs managed to give fans an even better day at the ballpark on Monday, coming from behind to win once again. This time beating the Reds 7-6 in 10 innings to move into first place in the National League Central Division.

Speculation about when Kris Bryant might be brought up to the majors was a minor matter last night because people were talking about Jorge Soler’s two home runs, not to mention his rocket throw from right to get Zack Cozart trying to move to third after Jon Lester’s errant pick off throw in the 2nd. Chris Coghlan added a solo homer in the sixth, making a good case that his performance last season was not a fluke.

The game ended in the 10th when, with the bases loaded, Arismendy Alcantara got his first hit of the season:

It’s early, of course, but Cubs fans should be forgiven for being excited about the team’s good start this season. Particularly given this extremely depressing fact shared last night by ESPN Stats:

That means fans have endured 5 full seasons during which the Cubs were never more than 1 game above .500.  A recent Cubs slogan was “It’s a Way Of Life”, which led to many sarcastic comments about the futility that seemed to be that “way”.

This year, the slogan is “Let’s Go”, and so far that’s just what Joe Maddon’s Cubs have been doing.


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Tags: Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs, Jorge Soler, Reds

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