No one wanted Jose Quintana to get hurt, but the silver lining is that it gives Alec Mills the chance to show that his development (and a spate of success in the big leagues) over the past two years at AAA has earned him a Made a valid choice. . Tonight, he showed what he could do in his best way: commanding five different pitches, constantly changing speeds and locations, keeping hitters off balance.
Naturally, the only loss Mills left, was a two-run shot (waist, oops) to Nick Castellanos. Miss you, Nick.
After Mills, everyone got a great shock, the Cubs got a big relief! Casey Sadler came in and not only struck out three, but he actually had four outs in his perfect 7th inning, thanks to a third third strike. It was a really good looking innings…. Sadler then came out of the 8th (full disclosure, I was perfectly fine with that decision) and immediately gave a homer to Kurt Kesley, who is an actual baseball player. Ahh. Baseball.
Likewise, in the 9th, calling for a five-run lead to close, Ryan Tepera once again performed poorly, striking out the first two batters … and then Fred Gallis (a run-up shot on two ) Aristides Aquina walk before serving. (A pop fly with -110 expected batting average). One of these games, the bullpen, is going to work smoothly, and is going to be a human.
The Cubs bats once again looked really good and confident in the plate, with better contact tonight than their eight-run sign. Just slapping the ball around the yard after a while on the bats. You like to see it
And this man himself one night:
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