This is why baseball is the best sport. Well, maybe not “why,” but one reason it’s so great.
You just saw one of the worst teams in baseball dominate one of the best. Sure, there were a couple nervous moments late, but that’s mostly because, you know, Cubs. In the end, though, it was just a flat-out beat down. It won’t last, and it doesn’t really tell us a lot of about the teams involved – but it can, and does, happen all the time in baseball.
Jason Hammel was once again dominant, notching probably his best outing yet this year (again, it was a softened Brewers lineup, but he mowed them down). The bullpen set up this time with Pedro Strop playing the part of “setup man,” and Hector Rondon taking on the “closer” gig, even if it wasn’t a true save opportunity. As many of us have suspected for a long time, the Cubs really may have found themselves something in Rondon, who struck out all three batters he faced in the 9th. *That* is what you want to see.
And, hey! John Baker got his first hit of the year! And then he got another one! Good game all around, boys.
Obviously this was very, very good to see …