4 pitchers, 7 innings, 0 runs.
You could call that a baby step or a giant step for the Cub bullpen.
Either way, I'll SO take it.
The bad part was, the pen was pressed into service early because Jon Lester's hammie.
Lester is just such an admirable God: dependable, a codger, nobody competes harder or gives more effort.
Or plays thru pain.
So after he drove in the first run with a double, he then lugged it all the way home on Ben Zobrist's single to right.
That's alot of running and sliding.
And when he came in to pitch the top of the 3rd, he didn't look right and Joe took him out.
He tweaked his hammie, he'll get an MRI, and we'll just have to wait on that news.
But back to the bullpen...
So you and me and every Cub fan was FREAKING OUT and OH NO it's the bullpen coming in to ruin the nicest Opening Day as far as weather I've ever seen.
First came Brad Brach.
Lester's just allowed 2 singles, and Brach immediately gets a double play, which is EXACTLY what he needs to do there.
Then a K.
Well, that was quick.
Then came Brandon Kintzler.
For sure he'll not induce a grounder, right?
Well, he hit a guy but otherwise gives up no hits and strikes out 2 in 2 innings.
What's going on?
Oh, Randy Rosario is next.
The guy who gave up the 3-run dinger that led Joe Maddon to respond with something like "I'm so sick of this shit" on camera, if you can read lips.
Well he gives up a couple hits, but also K's two and... nobody scores in his 2 innings.
Next comes my favorite part because by now I'd gotten "sick", drove home and was sitting in the sun sipping a Bell's Official Hazy IPA.
It's got the coolest can design ever:
And got to listen to Pat and Ron take me the rest of the way, which was with Pedro Strop, the first guy I thought well... we're gonna be okay.
And the Cubs were.
He went the top of the 9th, gave up a hit and a walk, but ended up getting Colin Moran to GIDP.
A shutout from Lester and the Pen.
Seriously, that was the best possible thing that could have happened.
Nobody needed to perform and gain confidence more than those guys.
So cheers, Bullpen.
Lastly, the bats.
10 runs and a Schwarber 411 footer the other way.
Yep, 6 were unearned with 3 Pirate SS Kevin Newman E's in one inning, but whatever - it's been a weird year.
In fact, help me out here.
What are the weirdest things that have happened so far this year?
I wanna do a gif or something.
Besides 12 walks, 6 errors, a Rizzo liner off a pitcher's head and he stays in the game, a Baez single off a bounced pitch...
And Go Cubs.