Tony Campana is fast.
There was NO WAY the Cubs could beat the Brewers 2 nights in a row.
We're allowed one shiny W maybe once a week - I'm totally used to it.
So when it went extra with Jeff Sam coming in, I turned it off.
(Doesn't help that I have the Summer Lung Fungus that's going around, but there you go.)
Turned on computer this morning and well, lookie there.
I guess Campana turned a single into a double, Fukudome moved him to third, and then Starlin Castro knocked him in with his 3rd hit of the night.
I wish I could take Campana more seriously, like one more hit every couple games, maybe a walk now and then (he's only got one in 22 at bats...)
But he definitely scares the CRAP out of people, and that's just more fun to watch.
You notice he doesn't really run through the bag at first?
He does that stretch thing and brakes immediately.
I wish he'd just fly on through and see if he's not ohhhh, maybe .004/second faster.
Anyway, Cubs 5 Brewers 4.
And a tip of the hat to Brewer manager Ron Roenicke for keeping "I just gave up two doubles in a row" reliever Marco Estrada in there and throwing to Aramis.
Boom, as they say.
May their next game go 26 innngs..and get suspended.
So many memories from this game -- Javy's HR, Grimm's Ks, Soler's throw, Schwarber's ridiculous bomb, Strop overcoming his demons, Lackey screaming at himself after giving up the hit to Hammel....just awesome stuff.
dodgers win...1 more game of pitcher use on the mets and dodgers (degrom + greenkey)
maddon is easily one of the best managers out there, that's why he's getting paid huge for someone that doesn't have to rent/own in NYC/LA.
for the most part there's 2-3-5 of guys on that level, and 25-28 other teams trying to find a guy who's capable. they can also go out of favor rather quickly (m.sciossa recently). last year's NL MOY didn't make it a full year into 2015 before getting fired.
no matter how one feels about how it could have been done cheaper with less commitment, we only know how this way is working out. it's been awesome so far.
Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.
I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.
Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.
Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.
Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.
This team is just so much damn fun.
Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.
Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.
pretty much this. also, a magician.
Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people
What did I miss?
I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.
How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.
I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.