That was a close game. Even though the Cubs lost to the Atlanta Braves in extra innings 4-3, it was exciting. You can’t win them all, right?
“We did a lot of things well,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We had one mistake on defense, and I thought it was a little bit of a tough hop for Addy, but otherwise, they hit some balls well today, and we hit some balls well today without any luck. I appreciate how our guys came back and had a chance to win the game. It was another entertaining game from the fans’ perspective. I like the fight in our group.”
Listen, I’m not a huge Atlanta Braves fan, Never have been and never will. I don’t know what it is about them that turns my stomach, but there’s just this “Blech!”feeling overtime I watch them play. It could be all those years on TBS. I don’t know.
Now that John Lackey is with the good guys, I’ve had more opportunity to take a look at him and man, he’s earned my respect. He’s tough as nails, especially after those few choice words he said to Tyler Flowers in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ok, so to recap a bit, Lackey threw a high pitch and then there were a some words exchanged that were the equivalent of Potty words that my son would say.
“We had a little discussion,” Lackey said. “It’s still baseball. I’m not a pitching machine. If you want me to throw it over the plate for you, we can go somewhere else. This is the big leagues.”
Lackey’s a big guy. He throws me a pitch, I’m going to say,”Which way would you like me to move, sir.”
The great news was that Kris Bryant was back after a precautionary rest when he sprained his ankle. I got a little worried that he might be out of the Cubs lineup a little longer.
“Felt good,” Kris Bryant said. “I think that was their concern, if I could run down some balls out there. But I felt fine going through all the routes.”
Cubs take to the road and head to Pittsburgh in an apparent theme trip. I’m excited because we head to Steeltown in July to catch the Cubs/Pirates.
Joe Maddon has the players dressed in crazy suits and it’s certainly going to be a crazy series after last season’s Wild Card game and we all know how that ended, didn’t we?
“I think we all enjoy going there because we know we’re going to play a high-quality team,” said Arrieta, who will start Tuesday’s game. “We know that in order to beat these guys, we’ve got to be on top of our game, we’ve got to play good defense because we know their lineup is strong. They’ve got the ability to do a lot of things — they can run, hit for power, they can move guys around. Being able to neutralize that team in Pittsburgh is a challenge.”