Sox sink Mariners and Jake comes up big (well pretty big)

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Jake Arrieta wasn’t Jake The Great, but he was Jake The Pretty Good.  That would actually be good enough if Jake could repeat that regularly.  Arrieta went 6 innings, allowing only one unearned run.  Jake walked only one while striking out 6.  The Cubs bats were booming early in route of rout to their 13-6 win over the Brewers.

Ben Zobrist, in the leadoff slot, homered to get the Cubs started.  They tacked on 2 more runs in the first.  Kris Bryant homered twice, singled and was hit by a pitch twice, thus reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.  Anthony Rizzo also homered.

Jason Heyward returned to right field for the Cubs and went 1-3 with a double.  Ian Happ continued to be productive, with 2 doubles, a run scored and a RBI.  And finally, Willson Contreras went 3-3 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.

The final score was artificially close, with the Brewers scoring 5 runs in the 9th off low leverage guy, Dylan Floro.

The White Sox completed a three game sweep of the Mariners with an 8-1 win.  Derek Holland gave the White Sox another strong start, going 8 innings an allowing only 1 run.  Originally Holland was thought of as a possible trading chip to flip at the trade deadline, but I hope that’s not the case.

Tim Anderson was the offensive star for the Sox, with 3 hits, including a home run.  Yolmer Sanchez and Matt Davidson each had 2 RBIs.  The win brought the Sox record to 20-22.

CBS Sports is reporting that the Boston Red Sox are interested in trading for Todd Frazier.  Even though Frazier is still hitting under .200, I would hate to see him go.  Not so much because I think he’s that good, it’s just that, since he’s a free agent after this season, I doubt the Red Sox would give up much for him.

Tim Tebow recently hit his 3rd home run for the Mets class A affiliate.  Still, scouts are less impressed with his potential than ticket sales managers.

NBA commissioner, Adam Silver says he’s not worried about the dominance of the Cavs and Warriors in the playoffs.  Maybe, but he should be concerned about the rec league mentality of NBA players who want to play with their friends and/or are primarily trying to add a ring to their resume.  Not that those things are wrong, but they can’t be the driving forces behind player movement if there’s going to be any semblance of competition in the NBA.

Silver should also be concerned about the slop product the NBA turns out when stars chose to rest when they’re playing in small market towns.  The NBA season is too long by about 15-20 games, but as long as the public is paying, the product will continue to suffer.

The NBA league mentality was on display in the league’s all star game.  The Washington Generals played better defense on the Harlem Globetrotters than was played in that game.

Finally, Silver sees the need for NBA players to get more rest.  Some of them are so tired they can barely go to strip clubs after games.

More next time.

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