There was a big reason to celebrate in last night’s 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Chris Denorfia sealed the deal with a sacrifice in the 10th inning. The Cubs have now defeated two of the best pitchers in baseball on consecutive nights. Will that boost the confidence?
But there were two other plays that stood out last night. Jason Hammel was nothing short of incredible throwing just over seven innings.
“That’s got to give you some kind of confidence that you can do it against the best,” Joe Maddon said. “You have to pitch better than good pitching, and we did it two nights in a row. That’s the key to the whole thing. We pitched so well and played defense so well and were able to muster enough runs to win both games.”
The other play of course was Super Dad Keith Hartley and his outstanding grab to rob Adrian Gonzalez if only temporarily, all the while holding his baby.
“That was outstanding,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Hartley. “You worry about the baby, of course, but it looked like he had it under control. It looked like he did it before, almost. That was a great play.”
It would be nice if the Cubs could snag the series win over the Dodgers because they face their nemesis St. Louis Cardinals on the weekend. I mentioned yesterday how important these two series are for the Cubs at this point in the season, but the Cubs are coming off of winning four in a row and nine games over .500 It’s been quite awhile since that’s happened in fact 2009.
So, who do you think is the Cubs most underrated player so far this season? Is it Addison Russell, Chris Coghlan or Miguel Montero? Russell made a great grab last night and almost always seems to come through unexpectedly. His numbers don’t tell the story of how good he is. Same with Coghlan.
“We’ve got three months to go,” Hammel said. “We’re playing good ball right now. I know everybody in [the clubhouse] would like a little more time to catch their breath in some of those innings — we play nothing but one-run ballgames. It just shows the character. We don’t quit, we just keep coming.”