So nice to see Kyle Schwarber hit another one out.
Probably like you, in the back of my mind I've been worried since his massive performance in the All Star Game HR Derby, he'd be off his game.
But, and I AWLAYS get in trouble when I try to do numbers, but... since then he's gone 13-45 with 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 BB, 7 RBIs and 1 SF.
I used the online calculators and that translates to .288/.352/.467.
The average is better, but those are about his normal numbers soooo... maybe that worry is for nothin'.
And with 52 games to go I'm hoping he can go on a tear and beat his 30 dingers from last year.
After that 5-run 2nd inning yesterday, I thought we were looking at a laugher.
Instead, in the 6th inning I ended up having to put down my beer and have one of these:
Plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is.
CB Bucknor always makes me nervous when he's behind the plate because... just because.
Kyle Hendricks looked like his fantastic old self til he didn't.
The big fat 3-2 mistake to Hedges was particularly non Hendricks-like.
Then again, the 440 footer from Rizzo was particularly Rizzo-like.
And the addition of Brandon Kintzler to the bullpen is actually making the Alka Seltzer Effect go down.
Strop with his second save in 2 days - turned out just fine.
Cubs 5 Pads 4, Cubs still in first.
With one last Padres game and Lester on the mound, it ought to stay that way today.
Then on to Kansas City for 3 (what ought to be) creampuff games before a day off and then Serious Stuff with the Nats/Brewers/Pirates back to back to back.
My neighbor Garry the Horse Cop is no longer a Horse Cop but now works in a different policing role, mostly where there are the big events like Lollapalooza, Hawks, Bulls, Bears, Sox and Cubs games.
And while there are definitely security people you won't notice because they're undercover, Garry's role is to be visible.
They just got new patches to wear at Wrigley, and they read, "Cubs Safety & Security Operations. Friendly. Fair. Firm."
Somebody did a good job with that wording, I think.
Yesterday the Padres put OF Wil Myers on the DL.
So Garry's outside Wrigley when this 6'5" 275 pound guy with an accent from the Dominican Republic walks up and says, "I can't get into the park."
Garry says, "Do you have a ticket?"
The guy says no, and that he's Franmil Reyes - a Padre who's just been called up.
After checking, Garry walked him in.
So there is a fun side to a pretty serious job.
Okay Jon Lester, see if you can notch W #13 today.
And if he plays, don't throw anything over the plate to Reyes - that guy is HUGE.