Wandy wasn’t ace-like – had at least 1 man on base in each of his 7 innings, but he didn’t walk anyone and had someone on 3rd only twice. He gave up 8 hits and struck out 5 – like I said, not ace-like and good thing these were the C*bs and not the whosis again.
Jeff Samardzija is a pretty darn good pitcher – actually, he outpitched Wandy, much as I hate to admit it – and he lost because with 2 out and 2 on, JD Martinez hit a fly ball which came down almost on the RF line – the right fielder actually CAUGHT THE BALL, but the center fielder knocked it out of his glove, so it went for a 2 run triple – why it’s not an error on the CF, I don’t know, but good for JD. He’s 8 fer 28 since May 15, when he finally ended his 7 straight games of ofer, so hopefully, he’s gonna put those bad days in the rear view mirror and move on.
Anyway, as Wandy could tell Jeff, you don’t get no run support, you ain’t gonna win, and these days, with Geo Soto out (and not hitting) and no good hitters, well, the Astros definitely get that. The Cubs have now lost 10 straight – starting May 15 – coincidentally the same day JD started hitting again, whaddaya know.
Brandon Lyon, who has slid smoothly into the setup role, as we all knew he would, pitched a scoreless 8th and then Rafael Dolis, the new Cubs closer since Carlos Marmol burnt out last month. Dolis has saved 4, blown 2, lost 1 – in other words, he looks like Marmol, only younger.
So bottom of the 8th, Travis Buck, hitting 3rd (no, seriously, he was) is out, then Carlos Lee singles (he keeps on hitting over .300 and playing good defense, some team might could want him again come trade deadline time and youneverknow, this time he might could actually agree to a trade), Bogu is called out on an outside pitch, CJ singles, then JD hits a nice clean single to left center and Reed Johnson can’t throw out Carlos charging home – would have been dead meat if Bogu had been throwing.
(Bogu played CF again as Jordan Schafer is out again with an owie and Bogu is a very VERY good fielding CF. Which reminds me – the reason he hasn’t been sent down is because he has no options left and trading him is smarter than just losing him for absolutely nothing. Fernando Martinez (.872 OPS), Brad Snyder (.958 OPS) and Justin Ruggiano (1.005 OPS) are all killing the ball at AAA, but these are guys who were not good in the majors and, AND, who no other ML team wanted on their roster. Not so with Bogu, who has value – and none of those other guys are his superior, let alone his equal, with the glove, arm or on the basepaths. Might could be more sensible to ask why Brian Bixler (.846 OPS) or Scott Moore (1.019 OPS) isn’t being called up with Matt being sent Downs. hahaha But then again, Matt might not have options neither.)
Where was I? Oh yeah – men on first and second, 2 outs. Walk to Castro. RBI walk to PH Matt Downs (.632 OPS) and RBI HBP to Altuve before getting Jed Lowrie to FO. Not real too much of a savior, let alone saver.
Astros 5 Cubs 1
Brett Myers is already warmed up to save the 2-1 game, so in he goes to save, I mean finish, the 5-1 game and gets 3 outs and a single.
Thursday off, then we’re in Ell Lay to face the ML best team, the Dodgers, who are now at 30-13. Too bad Wandy just pitched, because he ROOOLZ at Dodger Stadium. But Lucas Harrell gonna try his luck against Clayton Kershaw, last year’s Cy Young winner, who is sporting a 1.90 ERA. He already beat us in April – 3 hits, no runs over 7 IP. At least Matt Kemp is on the DL, not that it has made any difference in the way the Dodgers have been winning.