A write-up of today’s events. This will be long. You will have to deal with it.
- oh, oh, Andrew Cashner. I was rooting for him so badly to win that fifth starter spot and was so excited when I realized I had tickets to his first major league start. And he was looking good. He had the one blip of the homer to Roberts leading off the third, but he settled down quite nicely. The part I was getting excited over - throwing strikes - was then ruined when Cashner dipped his shoulder when pitching to Willie Bloomquist, who ended up drawing the first and only walk. Everyone then saw Cashner grab his shoulder when talking to the trainer, and my heart just dropped. I really, really, really hope it is nothing too serious. If I go on about that point, I might just start blabbering.
- So what happens when your starter has to leave with an injury, Marmol and Wood are both unavailable, and then you have to keep Marshall aside for a closing spot? You get the Cubs seventh inning, in which Jeff Samardzija, Marcus Mateo, and Adam Russell managed to squander Cashner’s W. Russell, at least, was decent afterwords (and the game tying RBI-single had an unfortunate bounce to it). Samardzija’s just blah. I understood he struck out two in the inning before, but those were all on full counts. He just can’t throw strikes. This isn’t new either.
- STARLIN! Well, first off, I got my Starlin bobblehead. Then Starlin added on two more hits on the afternoon (should have had a third one, but he lined it right at Roberts). But, oh, Starlin’s defense. We all know Starlin’s going to make errors, especially this young, and it’s becoming more apparent that the majority of them are going to be throwing errors. Today in particular he threw a handful of balls in the dirt, and I’m getting afraid he’s going to kill someone (Russell made a nice play on one, but seeing your pitcher stretch out always causes you to hold your breath). Other hand - Starlin made two really good defensive gems - one going toward third base displaying some range, and the barehander in the ninth. You can go back to Sunday where Starlin threw the barehander in the ninth wide, and he improved today. Which is the key. Some of the things Starlin will do will frustrate you, but he’s still so young and raw. Be patient and let him grow.
- Speaking of throws in the dirt, I thought Tyler Colvin did a very nice job at first base, considering it was his first major league start at first base. He managed to scoop up a couple of balls in the dirt nicely and initiated a double play. And he managed to hit a homer and draw a bases loaded walk on top of it.
- Also it’s only two games and the Cubs have all ready secured their first series win of the season, but I hate how it’s now Willie Bloomquist that is the Cubs killer. I suppose it’s a plus the Cubs seemingly have finally figured out how to get Chris Young out, but god. Willie Bloomquist?!
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