It’s not fair to pick out a certain player who provided the highlights in last nights thumping of the Cleveland Indians 17-0. Is it Kris Bryant’s grand slam in the ninth off of outfielder David Murphy or what about Anthony Rizzo getting down on one knee to pray to the baseball Gods as the ball seemed to hang in the air and over the wall? It could be those plays or it could be Addison Russells and Chris Denorfia’s whoppers. Yes, it could be any one of those players but I’m going to stick to Kyle Schwarber’s four hit outing with friends and family in the stands rooting him on.
“It’s awesome to have them here and be able to watch my first start,”Kyle Schwarber said. “It was a great feeling. I know that they were really happy for me and I was just really pumped that they were able to make it.”
So now let’s shift focus to Kris “The Natural” Bryant. Yes, every kid needs a nickname and that one is probably past the cliche point in fact it’s out of the park. The Robert Redford 1984 film although really fits Kris Bryant. Overtime he comes up to the bat, I always feel that something exciting is going to happen. For most of the game, Kris Bryant’s bat was silent and then he hit that single in the sixth inning so, it was poetic and hell, cinematic to hit that ninth inning crusher.
It was almost natural.
Those games aren’t going to happen all of the time. Last night’s victory was a testament to the awesomeness the Cubs have in their lineup. Even if you look at last week’s lopsided 12-3 win over Detroit. It wasn’t fluky but the Cubs are a team that will take advantage of opportunities and pull out the huge win.
“That’s an anomaly night,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That doesn’t happen. Look what happened to Washington tonight after they had just beaten Tampa Bay by a large number the day before. It happens, it’s how this game is played. You’ve got to come ready to play tomorrow night, because I know the Indians will be.”