After doing what they should have done in taking two of three from the Pirates at home, the Cubs welcomed the Milwaukee Brewers into Wrigley Field for a three game set.
And when I say “welcome”, I mean they were hosts of such grace and accommodation that they made Martha Stewart look like Strother Martin in “Cool Hand Luke”. They made the Brewers as comfortable as possible, mustering up a mere 9 hits in the series. They were able to ride a strong start by Trevor Williams in the first game with a three home run 4th inning before getting one-hit Tuesday night and getting three-hit Wednesday, dropping both.
Let’s get to this:
Williams. He threw five perfect innings before pitching into and out of a jam in the 6th. You’d think after the high-stress 6th, Cubs’ manager David Ross would have slapped him on the ass, said, “good job”, then let the bullpen get the last 9 outs, right? No, Ross let him go back out there where he walked Christian Yelich and allowed a single to Avasail Garcia, at which point Jason Adam came in and got two outs before Omar Narvaez hit a towering shot into the right field bleachers. Fortunately, that’s as close as the Brewers got.
Andrew Chafin. He came in after the home run by Narvaez, then struck out four straight. He struck out two more Wednesday. Hopefully this means he’s going to be a mainstay of the Cubs’ bullpen this season.
Last series recap, I ragged on David Bote’s defense. He came up huge in Monday night’s win, making some really nice plays at second base. He even added a home run that night in the only game of this set that the Cubs put in the left side of the win-loss record.
Adbert Alzolay took the Cubs out of the game before they were even in it Tuesday night, giving up three runs in a butt-ugly first inning. He managed to settle down, giving up one run in the following four innings. And the Cubs’ getting one hit all night didn’t help his cause. He isn’t scheduled to go again until the Cubs are in Milwaukee next week, and we’ll see which Alzolay shows up. The first inning version or the innings 2-5 one.
The Cubs’ offense. Everyone kept talking up a segment that Marquee was going to show us about how situational hitting was carrying them to early success. When the situation is “a batting tee can get the Cubs out”, it’s time to shelf the segment.
Marquee is clearly not interested in beating a dead horse. They are interested in beating it, throwing it in the truck, and turning it into glue and paintbrushes. Trevor Williams’ father was an Andy Frain usher half a century ago, which is a pretty cool story. Not one they needed to belabor throughout Monday night’s game. You’ve got a guy with a perfect game going in his first start for a new team. That’s the story. You’ve got all season to do the “dad angle”. Save it for when Williams isn’t going that great and you need the fans to feel good about him.
Not only did they continuously put the camera on him, they even handed him a mic during the game and turned it into a promo.
What I’m trying to say here is, Marquee sucks.
Next up is a three game set starting tomorrow afternoon in Yinzer City.