Well, that could have gone better.
Yu Darvish goes 6 innings giving up a run and 3 hits, but also 3 walks.. still pretty awesome and certainly gave the Cubs a chance to win.
We're all angry at the crap calls from the ump.
The ball 4 from Maples was heartbreaking and, even though I was out back listening to Pat and Ron, made me want to go inside and throw the tv out the window.
(It was gorgeous outside last night, btw.)
But the thing that really killed the Cubs?
Leaving 8 guys in scoring position.
They could have won it in the first had they not left the bases loaded, although who knew.
I sure wasn't thinking pitching duel after loading the bases in the first - I thought the Cubs were going to finally take Mikolas apart.
Instead, the only Cub to get an RBI was Darvish.
It's 1 up in the bottom of the 10th, the Cards load the bases (with the help of the ump) and now lefty Matt Carpenter is up with just one out.
Joe puts on a shift with 4 guys almost shoulder to shoulder in a line from first base to second, but Carpenter doesn't pull the ball.
He hits a pop fly to left and the winning run scores.
Water under the bridge.
Tonight it's Jose Quintana vs Jack Flaherty.
The last time we saw Flaherty, he was on the other side of Kyle Hendricks' 81 pitch complete game masterpiece at Wrigley.
The Cubs got 4 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs off him in 5.2 innings.
He actually looked pretty good, though.
His last start was against the Braves, and he left after 6 innings only giving up 3 hits and no runs, striking out 7.
The Cardinal pen came in and, using 7 pitchers, gave up 4 runs so it ended up Braves 4 Cards 3.
Meanwhile, tonight is another night of must watch tv starting at 6:10.
And if you're reading around Twitter today, you'll see lots of talk about the Cubs, figuring maybe Ben Zobrist won't come back and maybe giving up his '19 salary. Salary that could be used to land still unsigned closer Craig Kimbrel.
Awful for Zobrist.
Interesting for us, although he's one of my total favs and of course the '16 WS MVP.
Lastly, read this only if you have time and want to feel better about yourself.
Around our deck we have that criss-crossy fence (lattice - I looked it up) designed to keep animals from making a home underneath there.
And it has a gate so we can keep awkwardly shaped things like lawn furniture or the wheel barrow in there.
So the gate breaks - the hinges were put on shabbily with wooden triangles when a metal L would have been better.
I go to the hardware store and get the metal Ls, climb under the deck with my power drill and realize it's a 2-man job since someone has to hold the gate while I put in the screws.
I can just hook the gate on the opening end and it'll be level over there, while I work on the other end.
20 minutes later, I've got the hinges back on and I'm all 100% MANLY MAN because I'd gotten out the power drill.
And this was when I realized that at the other end of the gate, well... wait.
That was actually the latch, wasn't it?
That I rested that side of the gate on.
The gate is actually... locked.
Locked on the outside and I'm sitting on gravel on the inside.
I brought my phone in with me to use as a flashlight, but now... I had to make a call.
"Hi honey. Hey can you come out back? I'm fixing that gate."
She walks onto the deck and I say, "Down here."
She says "BAAAAA HAAAAA HAHAHAHAHA!"
Her laugh is the soundtrack to the little video she made letting me out.
Which she sent to all our friends and family and I'd share with you here but... nah.