Embrace the target?
Cubs gave it a big bear hug
Cubs manager Joe Maddon loves slogans. A couple of my favorites are Try Not To Suck and Do Simple Better. Now, as the hype machine builds around this season’s favorite to win the World Series, Joe is encouraging his players to Embrace the Target.
On Monday night the Cubs showed they’re listening to their leader’s advice. They opened what many expect to be “the” season by dominating the Angels with a 9-0 victory.
Jake Arrieta pitched like a Cy Young winner, allowing just three base runners and striking out six. The Cubs ace needed only 89 pitches to complete seven innings.
Other contributions came from almost everywhere in the lineup as the Cubs had little trouble getting to Angels starter Garrett Richards, who left the game after five innings that required 97 pitches – 41 of which came in the top of the 4th when the Cubs extended their lead to 3-0.
Dexter Fowler hit the second pitch of the season for a double and scored two outs later on an Anthony Rizzo single. The Cubs outfielder went 3-4 for the game.
Miguel Montero beat the Angels’ defensive shift with an RBI single in the 4th and then provided two more runs in the 6th inning with a 2-run homer.
Even Matt Szczur got into the act with a bases loaded double in the top of the 9th to add 3 more (unneeded) runs to the Cubs lead.
For Cubs fans nervous about high expectations, the North Siders delivered in Anaheim on Monday night.
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