Nobody can ever accuse the Chicago Cubs of not making things interesting. Yesterday, while wearing their throwback Federal League Chicago Whales jerseys, the Cubs defeated the Kansas City Packers, er, um Royals 2-1.
What made this victory all that much more interesting is David Ross. The catcher not known for his hitting came through with a blooper in the 11th inning. After Dexter Fowler was tossed out in a controversial play at home plate(although from my observation, he was clearly out.)
“You gotta love the fight,” manager Joe Maddon said. “If you’re standing or sitting in the captain’s chair and you got a bunch of guys that fight like that, what else could you possibly want? We’re not going to be perfect every night, of course we’re going to make mistakes, but if you have that kind of fight every night, I’ll take it.”
What started out as a pitcher’s dream between Tsuyoshi Wada and Yordano Ventura, the Cubs played it close against the excellent Royals but it was David Ross who stole the show.
After the Royals walked Starlin Castro it was Ross’s turn. I’m not going to lie to you. I thought the Cubs were done for seeing Ross step up to the plate but—
“I knew they were going to walk Starlin when I got up there,” Ross said. “I was batting .160? I’d do the same thing. I’m playing the game out in my head, and I knew it was coming the first time, but luckily I drove that ball right in the gap in the end.”
So now the Cubs are coming off a win going into tonight’s series opener against the struggling Miami Marlins. The Cubs could make up some valuable ground but the bad news is the Cardinals are playing the Brewers. It could be a stalemate. Nobody needs to say how bad the Brewers are doing.
The six game difference is nothing. This is a different Cubs team and judging from yesterday’s game, the Cubs are still a force to be reckoned with.