Cubs Go Into Extras But Can’t Hang On.

Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

Have to admit that the Dodgers are tough. The Cubs ended up with another extra inning game. It didn’t have the storybook ending or the Hollywood finish, but hand it to the Cubs for keeping it in there against a tough Los Angeles team. The final score was 5-2 in twelve innings.

“We’ve played a lot of extra inning ballgames this year,” Renteria said. “No matter who their opponents are, these guys compete and we had some opportunities to cash in runs today and we weren’t able to do it.”

Plus, being the third time in five games that they’ve played in extras, I’m giving the Cubs a break on that loss. Starlin Castro continues to provide the fireworks by getting three hits and Anthony Rizzo notched a couple.

Tsuyoshi Wada did a fine job pitching six innings and perhaps solidified a triple threat in Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks.

So, the big question that is on everyone’s mind is, “Do they call up Baez?” Now, I’ve been a stalwart in the Baez camp but I’m beginning to think that perhaps the Cubs should stay the course and keep him down until next year.

Why rush the kid? The Cubs are certainly hanging in the games and the post season isn’t in the cards unless you’re St. Louis. Ha! I just got that.

“There’s big guns down there that everyone up here and everyone around baseball wants to see succeed and do well,” Anthony Rizzo said. “It’s always exciting when new young talent comes up.”

Who knows? Maybe a couple of games here and there, you know just to get some practice in might do the trick, but I don’t think the Cubs really need Javier Baez at this point.

However, I would love to see one game with him this year. Just one, Theo.

Believe it.

—Mark

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