When Matt Szczur hit his first inning 2-run homer, first I just thought... well no I didn't - first I screamed in my office "I AM SO HAPPY!"
But then I thought about Matt Szczur.
And about Albert Almora.
And about Willson Contreras.
And about Chris Coghlan.
And the guys waiting to come off the DL.
And then back to Szczur.
Who doesn't get many chances, right?
Small, backup outfielder, Hendry guy...
He just seized the day.
"I'm gonna go hit a homer." he said
And he did.
Of course, then the Cubs went on to score 4 more to beat the Pirates 6-0.
But it was closer than that, really.
In the 6th when the Cubs just up 2-0, Jake Arrieta got an out, then BB'd Jaso and Polanco, threw a wild pitch so they go to 2nd and 3rd, and then walks McCutchen.
Bases loaded one out, the 2 runs don't feel so secure.
But then Jake said he wanted to Szcz the day too, so he reached down and somehow strikes out ex-Card and Pirate clean up batter David Friese, and then Matt Joyce with the backwards K.
I wasn't watching but Jake white knuckled those last two without much command.
And now look.
The Cubs are an obscene 10.5 games up on the Cards who've lost 3 in a row, and up 13 on the Pirates who also have lost 3 in a row.
Today is John Lester.
I imagine it'll be 4 in a row for those Pirates.