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.
Lester didn't have much movement there in inning one. Doubt the long break between starts helped him. Rizzo popping out way too often the last 6 weeks. 22 pitches for Lackey through 2.
For Quintin to be in the team (should they get past the Cards) maybe a pitcher gets the axe.
if the cubs make it past STL (and molina behind the plate) it'll be interesting to see if they find a home for q.berry on the roster as a running substitution tool.
RHP Jason Hammel replaces OF Quintin Berry on the Active Roster, as the Cubs go from 10 pitchers in the Wild Card game to 11 pitchers in the NLDS.
the story checks out.
also, i agree.
So all this business about Maddon being an old Cards fan and Arrieta being in Matt Carpenter's wedding... I have really strong feelings about this stuff. I'm not sure if I really enjoy it or really despise it, but I feel strongly about it...
Today's Loss puts new meaning into their national anthem: O Canada
LaTroy does what he's always done best, blow games on the line. Still breaking management hearts at age 42.
I'm sure Fox is thrilled with the ratings potential of a Rangers + Astros ALCS. Ha.
LaTroy is going to LaTroy
I am remarkably calm about today's game. Not that I am expecting to win, but that I have no expectations at all either way.
If the Cubs game goes to 14 innings, I will no longer be calm.
TEX/TOR in the 14th inning, btw...fun stuff.
Yay! KB at 3B!
Molina in the Cards lineup.
Fowler (CF), Schwarber (RF!), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Coughlan (LF), Russell (SS), Ross (C), Lester (P)