Tonight the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians had one of those “The game starts at quitting time so I will remember to sign off at 5” starts to conclude their two-game series at Progressive Field.
It featured Kyle Hendricks against Carlos Carrasco, who was injured and did not pitch in the 2016 postseason – which will forever be one of those “what if” things – would a Carrasco start (or two) have been enough to reverse the fortunes in that year’s World Series? Good topic for arguments over beverages.
Anyway, I’ve got a game to recap.
Hendricks was dealing tonight, and the Cubs kept putting guys on without cashing in until the 3-run 5th inning, as the Cubs got the mini-sweep against the Indians, this time a 7-2 final. Let’s get to this:
Hendricks. He just bewildered Cleveland hitters all night, throwing 65 strikes out of 90 total pitches, including 18 strikes in a row at one point. He gave up 7 hits and no walks, allowing one run while striking out 5. It’s great to see him have a game like that on the road, considering his road woes of last year and the stinker he had in Cincinnati.
Tony Two Chains. Anthony Rizzo was seen rocking a pair of chains, possibly a birthday present, and they gave him strength. Two hits, including a laser shot into the right field seats for a third inning home run, and a walk. The Cubs have roared out to their 11-3 start coming into tonight without Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber or Javier Baez OPSing .900, and Rizzo being the only one of the four over .800. So as good as the Cubs have been, it’s been like a Corvette with a couple fouled plugs. Wait until they start firing on all cylinders.
Bryant. He made a diving attempt at a Cesar Hernandez bloop fly ball in the bottom of the 5th, that was correctly ruled a trap. He was grimacing and checking his wrist, and this humble recapper’s first thought was, “Shit, he’s gonna miss a couple games.” Then he came up in the top of the 6th and crushed an Oliver Perez offering that might land in Canada.
Another day, another two RBI for Jason Heyward.
Watching Baez and Francisco Lindor playing on the same field. Two star players who are entertaining as hell, and have a blast with each other whenever they’re in the same game. They make the game more beautiful.
Home plate umpire Tim Timmons. He had a floating strike zone all night, and he ran Willson Contreras for slamming his bat into the ground after being called out on strikes. Brutal.
Lovin’ Spoonful Bassist Dan Winkler is just not going to happen.
Tomorrow the Cubs face the Brewers in the Friendless Confines. Ryan Braun sucks.