And that’s a series win for the Cubs, who are two games above .500 for the first time since … Monday. Smiley face.
The Cubs’ offense jumped on yet another aging former Cubs pitcher, with Anthony Rizzo knocking a two-run homer in the first off of Jason Marquis. Adding three more, including on a bases loaded HBP from Jorge Soler (took it off the shoulder – the ball isn’t going to make it), which came after Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to load the bases for Soler. OK …
Starlin Castro had a fantastic game at the plate and in the field, making a couple really nice plays.
Really the only bad moment in the game was when Neil Ramirez had to leave after just a few pitches in the 9th. Something was obviously not quite right, and I’m sure we’ll get an update soon enough. Hopefully it’s not serious, because, as deep as the Cubs’ pen is, Ramirez is a stud (and Justin Grimm is already out). (UPDATE: It’s shoulder discomfort for Ramirez, who dealt with shoulder issues in 2013. I’ll have more on that tomorrow.)
Tonight’s starter, though, was magnificent …