The Cardinals evened the World Series last night with a 4-2 win. The Red Sox had taken a 2-1 lead in the game in the bottom of the 6th (yes, Michael Wacha was once again great … grumble), only to give up three with some sloppy play in the top of the 7th.
- Wrigley Field is the second best ballpark/stadium/arena for a rock concert, per Rolling Stone. That placement puts the Friendly Confines a spot ahead of Fenway Park, and behind only Madison Square Garden (meaning Wrigley is the best ballpark for a concert). The Cubs started hosting concerts at their ballpark in 2005, and, since then (particularly in the last few years), it’s become a popular summer sideshow (in the good sense). Starting next year, thanks to the new night game ordinance, the Cubs will be permitted to host up to four concerts at Wrigley Field (up from three), which should only improve its standing as a badass musical venue.
- Jorge Soler returned to Arizona Fall League action yesterday, and, presumably having heard everyone overreacting to his slow AFL start, promptly went 3-4. That performance raised his batting average by some 60 points, and brought his line up to .282/.282/.359. Not good, obviously, but not terrifying. And it’s still just 39 at bats. Soler had missed time while dealing with a residency issue, and maybe a couple days away was good for him. Or maybe it was meaningless, and this is just one game.
- For his part, Soler told MLB.com he’s still not feeling quite 100% (he said 110%, but you know, science) as he recovers from the stress fracture in his leg. More to the point, he says he just doesn’t quite feel like he’s got his strength back in his legs after missing so much time (where he couldn’t do much with his legs). He’ll get there.
- Dallas Beeler started that game for the Solar Sox, throwing four innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits (no walks). He struck out two. Beeler was followed up by two innings from Matt Loosen (1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K) and an inning from Lendy Castillo (0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K).
- Jesse Rogers reports that Kris Bryant and Albert Almora have made the AFL All-Star team (duh), and they’ll play in the game on November 2. The league is about halfway complete at this point.
- A video tour of the Cubs’ new Spring Training facilities? Sure thing.
- 40 years ago today, the Cubs set about a rebuild, starting with the trade of Fergie Jenkins for Bill Madlock. Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, and others followed over the course of the next year. The Cubs didn’t have another winning season for 11 years (but, hey, it was the legendary 1984 team!). Let’s hope the current rebuild is slightly more rapid.