I’m starting to see a pattern here with the Cubs this season. Late innings heroics and help from everyone.
Yesterday, Miguel Montero almost took the leather off of the ball twice with two home runs to help the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-6 in extra innings.
It’s a good thing he was a late addition to my fantasy team. Wowzer!
No one thought that Montero would have that kind of impact to the team but here he is at Wrigley Field providing the youngsters a glimpse into the kind of attitude it takes to get the job done.
“We just need to believe in all these guys,” Montero said. “When you’re winning ballgames, you create that winning attitude in those guys. They just come from the Minor Leagues. They try to hit their way up to the big leagues, and it’s not all about hitting. You’ve got to play defense and play for the team. That’s what we’re doing now. They’re into it.
Not to be outdone, but Starlin Castro chipped in with a walk off single in the 11th inning to seal the deal. The Cubs are now a 1/2 game out of first place in the competitive Central Division. I’m starting to see that old rivalry taking shape again between the Cardinals and the Cubs.
“Last year and the year before, we lost a lot of games like that,” Castro said. “We played a lot of extra-inning games and lost. We play more than nine and we keep fighting and try to win.”
Oh, and there was that interesting little thing about Kris Bryant getting his first hit. He went 2 for 3 and recorded an RBI. Yup, the jitters are out of the way.
“You’re always looking for good at-bats and being a good decision maker. He was that today,” Joe Maddon said. “That and he gets the big knock, broken bat — we’ll take it against a tough right-handed pitcher and he gets the base hit.”
However, the catch of the game was made by a fan who caught one in her beer and then drank it. Sign her Theo!