Since I last made a blog entry, the Cubs picked up 2 wins and the White Sox picked up 2 losses. Wins are more fun so I’ll talk about them first. The Cubs took the Giants 4-1 Tuesday night and 5-4 Wednesday night. The constants in those 2 wins were great starting pitching and the long ball. Wednesday night Jon Lester looked the best he has all season in pitching a complete game.
Lester was backed up by home runs by Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward. Those 3 left handed bats need to pick it up so those home runs were particularly good news.
In Wednesday night’s game Kyle Hendricks was his typical self, going 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on only 5 hits. He didn’t walk anyone. Hendricks ran his record to 4-2 and lowered his ERA to 3.25. Hendricks isn’t a fluke, he’s a good, top of the rotation pitcher.
Hendricks was backed up by 2 Anthony Rizzo homers. Rizzo has raised his OPS to .846 and now leads the Cubs with 11 home runs. The Cubs squandered opportunities early in the game and it nearly bit them in the end.
With the Cubs up 5-2 going into the 9th, Wade Davis was summoned to close things out. That’s usually a low stress situation. Tonight that wasn’t the case. Mac Williamson hit a 2 run homer off Davis and the Giants ultimately had a runner on second with 2 outs. Joe Panik took a called third strike on a pitch that was outside the strike zone, but pulled back in by Willson Contreras. Once again, balls and strikes should be called electronically.
Meanwhile, the Sox loss twice more to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tuesday night Sox starter, Dylan Covey left the game with an injury. While I don’t want to see any player hurt, Covey hadn’t been effective, so maybe the Sox will give somebody else an audition.
More concerning is the way alleged ace, Jose Quintana got hammered Wednesday. Quintana gave up all 8 Arizona runs in his 4.1 innings. It was an odd outing in he also struck out 7 batters. After his departure, the no name Sox bullpen was again excellent.
Jose Abreu continued his hot hitting, going 4-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Leury Garcia, had 2 hits, including a homer. Garcia has been a pleasant surprise in center field.
I’ve seen speculation on CBS Sports as to where Derrick Rose might end up. Two places mentioned were the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. The thinking behind those two locations was interesting.
Part of Rose’s supposed appeal to the Timberwolves was their familiarity with him. Funny, I thought Twolves coach, Tom Thibodeau’s memories of Rose would make him nauseous. Frankly, if I had a young, talented team, Rose would be one of the last guys I’d want on it.
As for the Spurs, Rose indicated he would take less money to go to a good team. Rose indicated he had made enough money. This is quite a departure form the Chicago Rose who was worried about free agency two years before he hit the market. Plus, rumor has it that they pla
y defense in San Antonio.
More next time.