Cubs Clip Cardinal’s Wings

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Well that makes it three in a row for the Chicago Cubs. Yesterday, the Cubs walloped the Cardinals 3-0 to take the series and much more importantly, win their first series of the season. To boot, it breaks a fourteen straight series loss.

Now, I don’t want to sound like a “told you so” type of guy but in this case I feel it’s necessary as written in my post, https://mlblogscubden.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/for-the-cubs-when-it-rains/

So, the Cubs continue to prove me wrong especially Junior Lake after hitting his sixth home run this year. It was really his day, but it was also Jake Arrieta’s moment after making his first start this year.

“I think a lot of it had to do with pitching back at Wrigley for the first time,” Arrieta said. “It’s pretty special pitching here. After I played catch and got in the bullpen, it was kind of business as usual.”

Arrietta had 5 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out seven batters. I’d say that’s a pretty decent return to the fold, wouldn’t you?

The best news about this victory, and I don’t need to tell anyone the importance a win over the Cardinals can be in the windy city is but it takes much needed pressure off of Skipper Rick Renteria. Personally, I don’t think he’s under any pressure but that, “Whew!” feeling must have been overwhelming as he jogged from the dugout to the field to congratulate the boys.

“We’re swinging the bats with some production,” Renteria said. “I think we’re playing pretty good defense and the starting pitching has done a pretty good job of keeping us in the ballgame. It doesn’t hurt that to this point, the bullpen has stabilized a little bit. They’ve done a nice job when we’ve asked them to do what they’ve needed to do.”

The Cubs can go for the series sweep today when they face Lance Lynn. Cubs Pitcher Jason Hammel leads the charge.

Any bold predictions?

–Mark

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