Yesterday was a perfect day, the Cubs played a doubleheader, but sometimes all perfect intentions don’t exactly work out that way.
It was a case of,”All good things must end” Kyle Hendricks pitched a great game, but the the San Diego Padres Brett Wallace’s three run homer sealed the deal for Game 1 as the Padres went on to defeat the Cubs 7-4.
This is the first time this season that the Cubs have lost back to back games.
“Listen, we’ve done pretty good,” said Cubs manager Joe Maddon after the first game. “We made a couple mistakes today. Our pitcher was outstanding. He hit a lot of balls really well. They beat us. I give them credit. You’ve got to give the other side credit.”
You could say it was David vs Goliath, Rocky vs Apollo Creed or whatever spin you want to put on it, but the Cubs got beat good.
The good news is that yesterday’s afternoon game bode’s well for Hendricks, who recorded a great quality start. He got off to a rocky start but as the game went on, he found his groove.
In the second game, John Lackey almost had a perfect game, if there were only five innings. There were many questions surrounding Maddon’s decision to put Jorge Soler up in the with inning when the game is on the line. It’s no secret that Soler is struggling this season, so why didn’t he pinch hit for him?
“Of course not,” Maddon responded after the 1-0 loss. “You don’t do that. This is a guy that’s a big part of our future. He could just as easily put the ball over the wall and get a knock. … There is really no thought of that.”
Whatever think about his decision, I’m on the side that’s still early in the season and the best way to find production out of a struggling player is to either play him when the game is on the line or send him to the minors for rehab. Soler’s got a great arm but his At The Plate production isn’t up to the rest of the team.
“He’s fine,” Maddon said. “There’s not a thing wrong. You can’t read into one game like that and denigrate a really good young prospect like that. He had a tough night, but he’ll be fine.”
Ok, I’m just going to put this out here right now. There’s a rumour that the Cubs are considering trading for Ryan Braun. If this happens, I’ll be so upset that you’ll hear me screaming from Canada. I can’t say I don’t like the guy because I’ve never met him, but when a guy gets suspended for PEDS after winning an MVP award and doesn’t do right by giving it back, that doesn’t sit right with me at all. He can apologize all he wants but he still doesn’t deserve that MVP.
Ryan Braun doesn’t deserve to wear a Cubs uniform.