There’s a gloomy satisfaction when a bottom feeding team like the Philadelphia Phillies beat up a top team like the Cubs. Last night although it was close, the Phillies managed a walk off win with a two run shot by Cody Asche to give the Phils the victory by a score of 7-5.
There, I said it. The Cubs have been there before. They’ve tried to play spoiler and it must feel really good in the locker room of the Phillies today.
Earlier in the day, the St. Louis Cardinals helped the Cubs by losing both games in their double header Saturday. The Cubs have a comfortable lead on the San Francisco Giants by 8 1/2 games and are a few games back of the Pirates.
If Kris Bryant is the leading candidate for Rookie of The Year honours, then Kyle Schwarber has got to give him a run for his money. The “Sultan of Schwarb” has now hit three home runs in two games. That’s right folks, two of those home runs came from two pitches.
Despite the loss, the Cubs are still in a pretty good position. All the detractors and naysayers who said the Cubs wouldn’t be around come October are finally eating crow.
The Cubs were behind, then they fought back but in the end of the game it was one of those things that happen in baseball where a single pitch can change the course.
Again, the weakest spot on the Cubs was the bullpen.
“Grimm couldn’t have had better stuff than he had tonight — it’s impossible,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I know he’s going to be very upset. I have all the confidence in the world. He’s got to be good for us to get to where we want to be. It’s just unfortunate it didn’t play tonight.”
If there’s one way the Cubs can win the World Series, then it’s Joe Maddon’s ability to experiment. He experimented with the bullpen last night and it didn’t work out in his favour but it’s better to try out different things against these less than great teams like the Phillies than experiment in the post season.