What a perfect little win.
Of course it would have been a tad more perfect had the Cubs been able to get Anthony Rizzo across the plate after he hit a triple with one out in the bottom of the 9th of a game tied at uno.
But David Ross' bunt was a tad hard, Rizzo couldn't score and Ross was a tad late at first.
Soler struck out for out #3.
Now it's the bottom of the 11th.
Both you and I think hey man this walking thing is freaking fantastic!
Rizzo hits a single to left, Fowler is sent home as Alex Gordon charges like a deep shortstop, Fowler's hand is a mini micro-tad late getting across the plate.
Score still tied.
Castro is intentionally walked for the 2nd time in a row so the Royals can get once again to David Ross who creates a little pop art when he hits a glorious little pop fly that drops in the 24 inches or so between Gordon and Alcides Escobar.
The usual Cubs whoopin' it up yeee-ha after a win.
But this thing was a pitcher's duel, and I know he hasn't gone even 6 innings because by then the other team has seen all his pitches and supposedly "figured him out", but Tsuyoshi Wada has been magnificent in his 3 starts.
4 runs, 5 BB, and 19 Ks.
No wins yet, but that'll happen.
Now comes a hard one.
We've all read that the Cubs have been playing "down to the opponent's level".
It's 3 games in Miami.
Despite the crazy power of Giancarlo Stanton, they're not so good.
A rookie reliever named Jose Urena will start for them tonight.
Apparently did well in the minors, but the Marlins have a number of injured starters and Urena has been pressed into starting.
Lost 1-5 vs the Pirates in his debut.
Lets keep it that way, Cubs.
By the way, did you notice that the Trib got Bernie Lincicome to write a column for them again?
Lincicome used to be with the Trib back in the Bob Verdi days, and it was those two guys who caused me to subscribe back in the day.
Because sports writing should have opinions and personality, and there's been a serious lack of it forever.
Here's Lincicome's article from last Sunday.
Couldn't be happier about this.