The Cubs and Cardinals really duked it out yesterday, but I was working and didn't get to see anything but the box score. Thought I'd bring it to life. Cards prevail 7-6, but it must have been an awesome game. Now, back to work.
It's so cruel watching Ryan Dempster pitch one outstanding game after the next and still not get his first win of 2012. His winless streak is at 15 starts going back to last year. Ouchee. If he just gets Schumacher in the 6th... Oh well, the baggage conveyor belt just keeps going. Sooner or later, a W will pop out. Could you believe it when Mitchell Boggs threw one over the plate to Soriano in the 8th? Smack. Tony Campana - you'd swear he took off from 2nd and touched home plate before Matt Holliday's relay throw got to the infield. If they put this play in a time capsule and aliens looked at it in 2090, they'd all say, "Hmm. The film has been tampered with. Humans can't run that fast." Super fun to watch, especially since it was against the Cardinals who are on some kinda downswing. Before this series, they'd just gotten swept by the team the Cubs just took 2 of 3 from, the Braves. Cubs got 14 hits including 3 from Bryan LaHair who also hit his 9th homer. Nice. This afternoon we'll see if Paul Maholm can keep his mojo workin' against Kyle Lohse who's only gone 5 innings in his last two starts. And of course it's a shortie 2-game series so another win today and, uh...
Lastly, my blog provider has this new feature I can use or not, where it automatically links names to Wikipedia. Is that annoying or not?
Ahhh, that's better. Getting schwept in Milwaukee would have been pretty awful even in Our Year of Reinvention. Kind of a nice Cubs team effort day, too. Jeff Samardzija was a little up in the zone and they pulled him after 5 innings and 91 pitches. I wouldn't mind if they pulled him around then anyway. Come September, when he'll be in uncharted territory as far as innings thrown, I wonder if the Cubs might shut him down a little early. Especially if they're well out of first. Yeah well anyway, he only gave up 3 hits and 1 run, and with the score tied at 1 Sveum lifted Shark for Speedy Reedy Johnson, who hit one out. Samardzija was in line for W number FIVE, but Shawn Camp gave up a tying run in the 6 bottom.
No sweat. The Cubs scored 1,2,and 3 in the 7th, 8th, and 9th, while the Brewers scored zero, zero, and zero off Russell, Wood, and Bowden.
Cubs 8 Brewers 2.
Tonight, it's my Favorite Rivalry of Any Sport: Cubs/Cardinals time in St. Louis with winless Ryan Dempster on the mound. Go Cubs.
And... still doing the shark stuff for Samardzija posts. This John Singleton Copley painting was the image that started my shark fears way back when. Just look at it. Imagine being in the water naked on your back with a shark about to eat off your head. 1,000 times worse than Freddy Krueger. It was in a National Geographic next to a story about a boat that was attacked by a great white shark. We lived in Hawaii then. Different times, as far as parenting went. We were allowed to float around in styrofoam boats, and they'd drift WAAAAAAAY out. The lifeguards, they'd put up big red flags when they saw a large shark. And we'd be out there floating and playing and see the flag go up and get all mad: "No WAY! I am NOT going back, man. We're having way too much fun out here." Then my mom would start running around on the beach, a tiny spec waving out to us, and I knew she'd be mad so we'd paddle back in. Then I saw this painting and Nat Geo article and uh, began my transformation, eventually turning into a guy living in the middle of the country who talks about sharks all the time.
Lastly, about the 2nd, did you see the replay of the Italian Sausage tripping in the Sausage Race? And the way Bob Brenly laughed? Even right now, I can't even type just thinking about it. Still laughing.
Lastly lastly, our Chicago creative leader, Ewan Paterson, moved here from London where he was and still is a huge Manchester City (football/soccer) fan. Yesterday they won the English league title. Here's a quote from the paper: "...(Man) City clinched the third league title of it's 132-year history..." Naturally, he's becoming a Cub Fan here.
Man, is this ever becoming way too predictable, the weekly Chris Volstad loss. He went 6 innings, gave up 9 hits and 6 runs. Dale Sveum said of his slider, "...it's getting hit too often and too hard." Lotta people, including Volstad, say it's just the one bad inning. And it's true, he does seem to get hammered in one inning per game. But if you consistently can't find one of your pitches, well, that's just the inning everybody caught on. I still have hope for him, though. He's about 9 freaking feet tall and he's only 25. Come ON, Chris - find your slider, man.
Cubs lose in Milwaukee. Okay they got creamed in Milwuakee. Brewers 8, Cubs 2.
Maybe Jeff Samardzija can keep the Cubs from getting swept today. Either way, it's gorgous out. Time for Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland, a transistor radio, a cold beer and a shade tree. Enjoy the day, guys.
Lord knows, that was one crazy game last night. David DeJesus played like a god, parting the waters with his grand slam, triple, and some amazing plays in right. But in the end, and by that I mean midnight after about a hundred innings (well okay, 13), the Cubs just weren't able to turn water into wine. I was a believer throughout, though. In fact, I believe the Cubs went through every pitcher including Carlos Marmol who did something to his hammy (and I bet goes on the DL and is replaced by...Scott Maine?), finally having to go with a clearly out of control Lendy Castillo who promptly plunked both Ricky Weeks and the Milwaukee Devil Ryan Braun. Then, that Judas Aramis Ramirez (who had a chance early for his own grand slam but instead GIDP'd) hit a single, followed by Corey Hart's guided by angels grounder past the pull-shifted Cubs' infield to win it. In a game filled with resurrections, it would have been a divine miracle to get out of that jam with nobody out and Lendy being as shakey as he was. So, kind of a shame the way it ended. Probably Dale Sveum was reaching for his bible, but grabbed "The Cubs' Way" handbook instead.
You know what's awesome? This article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. I mean, in a weird way...isn't it kinda cool to not be the team with expectations? Wait. Let me clarify: it IS absolutely cool to not be the team with expectations that starts the season sputtering. How many years have begun with, "well, it's still early" for the Cubs as they vomit up another horrible May? "We still haven't put it together yet." "This team is still good." Those are quotes from players on...another team. Happens to be the Brewers, which is kinda nice. Look at how many of them are just gagging - Rickie Weeks, Niger Morgan, and...can you believe Aramis had a bad start? (I am not picking on him - I'll always like Aramis although he'll probably do serious damage this week). And they're loaded with injuries. Karma says I shouldn't rejoice in other's pain so I won't, but you? Feel free! Anyway...kinda carefree feeling today. I wonder if the Cubs are feeling any of that - like...what do they have to lose? While I don't exactly think the Cubs are playing loose, the Brewers gotta be playing tight. Nice.
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