After the end of the first, I felt dread.
After Emilio Bonifacio grounded out.
After Junior Lake struck out.
And after Anthony Rizzo struck out.
This is gonna go exactly as everyone expected: nobody can touch this Masahiro Tanaka guy.
Then came inning number 2.
Starlin Castro smoked one.
Jeter caught it, but man that was solid contact.
And then Luis Valbuena smacked one too, a double.
Schierholtz and Olt could only get him to third, but still... Valbuena might have figured something out...
Next inning I thought they'd call a rain delay when John Baker slipped going around first and settled for a single after fairly crushing one out past Alfonso Soriano who was playing right.
Hammel moves him over and then Tanaka throws a wild pitch.
Baker to third.
Then Bonifacio hits a single scoring Baker and it's one nothin' Cubs.
Junior Lake hits a grounder and slips going out of the box.
For SURE they're gonna call a rain delay... but it never happens.
The Cubs get to Tanaka with 8 hits and 4 runs.
Mike Olt had a single knocking in a run, a sac fly knocking in a run, and walked to force a run too.
How refreshing for him!
Luis Valbuena went 3 for 4 and scored twice.
Popped all Tanaka's balloons.
Found him behind the Oz curtain twirling dials.
Tanaka's first loss since coming to the Bigs.
Cubs win in the rain 6-1 and that is something to put a smile on your perpetually sad Cub face, my friend.
Hey, look who's picture is smiling at you from the stats page on ESPN:
I'm not saying anything because I think I'm a jinx.
Not saying anything about the Hawks, either, except there was a rumor going around that Andrew Shaw was skating in practice so...I'll put this up again.