The Chicago Cubs’ bandwagon continued to roll with a win and sweep of the Florida Marlins, 13-3. The game had some weird highlights.
Charlie Nobles has posted an article on the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Young Cubs cruise to sixth straight win.” The batting order benefited from 12 walks.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, 2-1, was able to cruise due to the early lead given to him by his teammates. He indicated that he was able to move from finessing batters to trying to get the ball into play.
Cubs interim manager Mike Quade was able to start a number of young players who normally don’t get a lot of playing time.
The Cubs are now a whopping 17-7 since Quade took over and 11-3 on the road. This was their sixth straight win. They have a .889 winning percentage on this road trip.
It’s hard to write about this game because it seemed to go so smoothly for the Cubs. It literally seemed effortless. Although some of the younger players were nervous before the game, they got right into the groove once the game got under way.
There was a very scary moment in the game for the Cubs. Rookie Tyler Colvin was coming down the third base line when Wellington Castillo, who drove in three runs, splintered his bat on a double. A splinter from the bat pierced Colvin’s chest, barely missing his heart and lung. He was sent to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition. However, Colvin’s season is over, and of course he is very disappointed; it could have been worse.
The second inning was the Twilight Zone for the Marlins. They allowed 12 Cubs to the plate and, during that inning alone, they issued six walks. Four of the walks drove in runs.
Will Mike Quade get the manager’s job for next season? I think he will. Why will he get the job? If you consider Jim Hendry’s position, what if he picks another manager and things “go South” next year? Everyone will ask why he didn’t stick with a winner like Quade. On the other hand, if things didn’t work out under Quade, then Quade would be blamed.
We’ll have to wait and see.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Charlie Nobles, “Young Cubs cruise to sixth straight win”