Winning Without Homers, Chicks Dig the Base Hits, Crazy Weather, and Other Bullets

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Winning Without Homers, Chicks Dig the Base Hits, Crazy Weather, and Other Bullets

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It’s challenging when one of the kiddos is sick. But when The Wife is sick … oh my. Defcon-85 around here. Thanks for enjoying some screen time, kids, while daddy types …

  • It’s been a rough year at Wrigley Field for extreme weather conditions. After that insane game against the Braves back in April – remember the 9-1 comeback? – that many referred to as the worst conditions they’ve seen, yesterday’s heat and humidity were so bad at Wrigley Field that Joe Maddon said it was the worst hot-type game he’s ever been involved in at the big league level (ESPN). I believe I saw it was a 105 to 112-degree heat index for the game, which lasted nearly four hours, and three Twins players had to leave the game because of heat-related illness. Yikes. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence in those extreme conditions that it was another crazy game.
  • Of the hit parade yesterday, in contrast to the homer explosion the day before, I love this line that Albert Almora dropped on NBC Sports Chicago: “It shows how many good hitters we have and the type of team that we’re playing with right now. I don’t know — chicks dig the long ball, but sometimes it’s good to be simple.” Homers are always good, but the ability to create runs in a variety of ways is obviously the best. (But also, yes, chicks dig the long ball.)
  • Almora, who left yesterday’s game with cramping thanks to the conditions, notched another three hits before he left, and … how about that:

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  • Early in the game, the Cubs tied things up at three on a Ben Zobrist single to right field, which scored a couple, including Javy Baez as the trailing runner. And, when that happens, you know it means we probably got a Javy Baez slide at the plate. Yes, it was another beauty:

Offensive explosion! #Cubs win! #EverybodyIn

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  • I’m not sure I’ve seen a more incredible play when you factor everything in:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.