Ian Happ made a successful debut with the Cubs but ultimately it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals by a score of 5-3. Happ walked and homered in 4 at bats. The homer brought the Cubs to within 2 at 5-3, but that was as close as they got. Prior to Happ’s homer, the Cubs only run scored when Jon Lester doubled off the center field wall to score Javy Baez.
On the mound, Lester was less successful, going 5.2 innings giving up 4 runs, 3 of which were earned. After all, it’s not a Cubs game unless they give up at least one earned run. In what is becoming an annoyingly consistent happening, Willson Contreras made a throwing error. The error was his 7th of the season.
The loss wasn’t quite as painful as it could have been since Eddie Butler pitched a great game against the Cardinals Friday night in route to a 3-2 Cubs win. Butler pitched 6 scoreless innings an was backed up by 2 solo Willson Contreras solo homers and another solo shot by Tommy LaStella. Contreras almost went from error to goat when his throwing error with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th gave the Cardinals new life. Closer, Wade Davis, was able to pitch around the error to close the game out.
The White Sox seem to be positioning themselves to have a high draft choice. Friday night’s loss was a 6-3 verdict. After flirting with excellence, Miguel Gonzalez is back to seeing his old flame, mediocrity. Gonazalez went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks. The Sox offense was primarily provide by 2 Leury Garcia home runs. Aviasail Garcia had a couple of hits, including a double. Honestly, I do see much point in going into more details about the game.
The best news I see concerning the Sox is the play of Carson Fulmer, Reynaldo Lopez and Yoan Moncada in Charlotte. Lopes and Fulmer are a combined 9-2 while Moncada is hitting .352 with a .971 OPS.
Vegas has it’s predictions for the number of wins each NFL team will get next year. They have the Bears at 5. I don’t bet, but that seems pretty ambitious to me.
The Blackhawks recently signed Richard Panik to a 2 year deal worth 2.8 million a year. That’s nice, but I wonder how that fits into the Hawks cap space issues. Some of the long term/ no trade contracts Stan Bowman has given out are head scratchers. Some big names need to be moved this offseason.
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