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The Cubs just scored one fewer run than they’ve scored in the entire past week combined. More surprising? They won!

Today’s game was pretty much the antithesis of everything the Cubs have done this year, right down the good-enough performance by Edwin Jackson, the relative sturdiness of the late-inning relievers, and the prodigious display of power.

Hector Rondon’s scoreless streak finally ended, but, even in so doing, he looked pretty darn good in two innings of work. The Cubs got homers from Mike Olt(!), Welington Castillo(.), and Darwin Barney(?). And a fan favorite was back to doing his thing.

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  • E

    Hamilton must love playing against us.

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    Nice to see. And as much as we usually hammer Jackson around here (except Brett) credit where credit is do. He pitched just well enough to win, instead of just well enough to lose.

    I think Bonifacio now has more steals thank pickoffs!

  • willis

    Too bad that won’t count as a “QS” for Jackson but he pitched well enough to hold the lead. Barely. Lake was ok, Olt better and Barney, show me the muscle, son.

    All in all, a fun day, for the first time in a long time.

  • cubzfan

    Has Bonifacio been around long enough to be considered a fan favorite?

    • Cyranojoe

      Long enough for Brett to consider him a fan favorite. ;) But Brett’s been a fan since before the FO picked him up in the first place.

      • DarthHater

        Please do not forget that, just as the New World was completely unknown to man before it was discovered by Columbus, so Bonifacio was totally unknown until he was discovered a couple months ago by Diehard.

        • ssckelley

          That does without saying

          • DarthHater

            Well, I said it anyway. ;-)

            JSIPOOMA

            • willis

              The best thing about “JSIPOOMA” is that “poo” is part of the word and it stands for pulling something out of one’s ass. Too perfect.

    • jp3

      I listen to The Dan Le Batard show and they have a segment sometimes that’s called Bonafide or Bonifacio. When Bonifacio was in Florida he came out setting the world on fire and it was a complete flash in the pan. It’s funny because they generally reserve the game for rookies and when someone starts out hot that’s probably a complete fluke they say he’s Bonifacio, pretty funny I guess.

  • Medicos

    HAWKEY TALK

    Blues—4 Blackhawks—-3

    Overtime goal by Jackman gives St Louis another overtime victory. Blues sent the game into OT with a goal with 6-seconds left in the 3rd period.

    • Jon

      Shitty day to be a Hawks fan, but Len Kasper calling out David Kaplan on Twitter was great

      • Drew7

        Agreed, but that one doesn’t top Rogers acting like a sissy after Ransom called him out a couple months ago.

      • notcubbiewubbie

        len kasper (king of nerds) shouldn’t call anyone out.think he suffers from tooooo many hinderbinders when he was a school kid.

  • TimBeam

    I am absolutely loving Rizzo’s approach at the plate vs RHPs and LHPs.

  • jp3

    Good lord, I think I just saw that Almora doesn’t have 1 walk in 14 games, I think he’s been hbp but that doesn’t count.

    • ssckelley

      He has actually been hit twice, they still count towards OBP. But looking at Daytona’s offensive struggles I would guess this might be a case of Almora trying to do too much. The offensive struggles at Daytona have been mind blowing so far this season. What is encouraging about Almora is he is making a lot of contact as he has only struck out 6 times so far in 57 PA’s.

      • jp3

        Yeah but he hasn’t actually taken BB in 55 ABs, that’s kind of crazy isn’t it? It’s a little crazier because he is a pretty good hitter. He took 17 BB last year in about 250 ABs so he’s got some making up to do to get back up to those numbers.

        • ssckelley

          That’s Almora! :D

          In Boise he had 65 PA’s without a walk. Not really surprising but something to keep an eye on.

  • jp3

    I think it’s crazy with Daytona’s offensive woes he hasn’t been given an intentional walk yet.

    • ssckelley

      He has been hitting a lot in the 3 spot, so tough to imagine him getting intentionally walked before the #4 hitter. Although Vogelbach has been horrible so far this season, he has been dropped in the lineup.

      • jp3

        Yeah that was my point like you were saying that the lineup has been so bad I’d have figured he’d been given an intentional pass by now being the only reliable stick in there.

        • willis

          That Daytona lineup putting up the numbers they are is quite surprising. You would think they would be setting the league on fire. I got to think Vogelbomb turns it on soon.

  • baldtaxguy

    Nice to see some walks mixed in with the offense.

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