Hey, it’s a new series winning streak! See you in July, next series loss!
I’d be lying if I said I was tuned in for innings five through nine. Sorry. ‘Game of Thrones’ finale night, and I had to watch. It was actually solid, in contrast to the rest of the season.
As I understand it, Kyle Hendricks kinda hit some rough patches after I tuned out, though he looked fantastic early on. Here’s hoping Javy Baez is going to be OK, and we’ll have more on that soon.
A thing I wrote early on before I tuned out – it’s not a critical thing anymore, but it is kinda emblematic of something I feel like I’ve seen a whole lot lately with runners in scoring position:
Jeremy Hellickson came out of the gate completely unable to throw strikes, generously gifting the Cubs three walks and a HBP in the first five batters, but the Cubs left the inning with just one run. I’d be more angry, but their outs came on a rocket by Javy Baez on which Anthony Rendon made a killer play, and then a rocket grounder by Daniel Descalso right at a drawn in Rendon who turned it into two. Hard contact is all you can ask for after the guy starts throwing strikes. They just found gloves.
Anyway, from there, the Cubs kept adding, and apparently had just enough to hang on. Heckuvan outing by Steve Cishek, eh? It’s just … where have I see this before? In Washington, too …