Ugly loss, I know.
But Kyle Hendricks?
Looked like a million bucks.
His quote was something like, "Fastball command was good."
But he had every pitch working.
The only thing not working so great was the ump.
Did you see the Votto strikeout?
For his second strike three of the at bat, Hendricks had to throw the first strike three again.
Just under Votto's armpit, over the inside part of the plate.
Not so much as a swing but a little bat-jerk from Votto, so probably he got the regular K than a backwards one, but whatever.
Hendricks walked 4 guys, but damn he was good and that's nothin' but fabulous news.
The 1-2 loss wrecked the chance at the 20-10 record since the All Star break, which was a nice round memorable number.
Instead they're 19-11.
That's pretty damned good, and if they could just find a teeny bit more mojo... they'd be winning games like they lost last night.
Kyle Schwarber led off the bottom of the 9th with a gorgeous at-bat despite the called strike 2 which was looow.
Worked it to 3-2, fouled some off, got a fastball he liked and smacked a single.
Heyward's at bat was way less gorgeous but the shot down the 3rd base line sure was.
I had quick text conversations about having Baez sac bunt in that situation, and in retrospect I wish he hadn't but whatever, he moved the runners.
Then Zobrist, his numbers aren't so good but you and I both know he's hurting, and he's just... the professional.
Schwarber scores, Heyward is held.
You and I are making inappropriately loud noises inside our houses and nobody's sitting anywhere.
Jon Jay has been amazing lately, but he K's.
Then so does Avila.
GIMME A TAD MORE MOJO PLEASE!
Cards lost badly to the Red Sox, Brewers beat the Pirates, Cubs up 1.5 over both those guys.
A missed opportunity at a leeeetle more breathing room.
Maybe John Lackey can continue his more recent decency and give us a win tonight.