I know it's the modern Cubs Way days, but I can't help it.
When the Cubs bring up a pitcher, I think Thomas Diamond or Dallas Beeler rather than Kerry Wood.
My expectations are way down with pitching.
So it was such a nice surprise to see Alec Mills come up and match (or... barely out-duel) Matt Harvey for 5+ innings.
Mills is 5-12 with a 4.84 ERA in Iowa, so who would have thought he'd hold the Reds to 3 hits and a run while striking out 8 in 5 2/3?
He was just stepping in for Tyler Chatwood, you know?
This is usually a multi-run, 2 inning affair for Whoever Steps In.
So... amazing, and what a fabulous job by the kid, and we'll see if he gets another shot somewhere down the road.
The other thing of note was David Bote hitting just a regular, ordinary walk off Solo Homer rather than a walk off Grand Slam Spectacular.
Trust me, I'm working on another Bote painting.
And then Saturday was, finally, a laugher.
Well, Brandon Kintzler gave up 4 runs in the 8th, bringing the Reds to within 4... but still overall the Cub Bats had their way with Reds pitching.
A dozen hits, 3 of which were homers by Schwarber/Murphy/ElMago.
Lots of joy-yelling over at my place.
Plus a nice double by Contreras, who could really, really use a Willson hot streak right about now.
Ben Zobrist has as many homers as Contreras (9), and went 3 for 5 and had a super cool diving catch in right.
And the Reds are still without Joey Votto.
Not to be a snot or anything, but if I gotta watch the Reds can I at least watch Votto?
He's so good, and you can see the giant hole he leaves not playing for Cincinnati.
Cubs take 3 of the first 4 and have that chance to sweep tomorrow!
Couple last things.
I saw "The Meg", which for some reason I thought would at least be fun to watch but OMG it is SUCH a turd that I'm angry about it.
I also woke up last Thursday with my painting arm in serious pain.
It's possible that between all the computer stuff I do all day plus painting plus the little bit of video games I do did something weird to the tendons around my elbow, and I can't straighten or completely bend my arm.
It's probably "tennis elbow", but it's been awful for long enough that I'll have to go see a doc.
If I run into Yu Darvish I'll let you know.
And lastly, my wife Kim and I were coming home from din tonight.
While we were gone, a spider apparently made a web that went all the way across the back porch.
She's going up the steps in front of me and hits it first, waves her arms and makes weird noises but I don't understand why until I'm all the way in it and I'm not kidding my brain caught up to the idea that oh... my wife was flailing at something evil and then I thought, I mean I knew, that there was a rabid bat flapping on my neck.
The web was SO STRONG that it got stuck in my hair and actually made a noise on my collar that I mistook for wings beating.
All because I have a vivid imagination, which is why the art thing and all that, right?
I can think back on my life and there are plenty of times when I was pretty stoic in the face of fear.
Okay not "plenty" but... some I think.
Anyway, I really can't move my arm, so I was doing double-time one-armed upper body wiggle freak out and making lots of high pitched sounds.
Kim is still laughing.