Rivalries usually bring out the best in teams but unless it’s the Cubs vs Cardinals, the rivalry can seem a little lopsided at times. Last night the Cubs lost a close one in extra innings 3-2 then again who could blame the Cubs because the Cardinals are in first place for a reason.
“We have to win these games, especially when we’re ahead late like that,” said Chicago starter Jake Arrieta, who left with a 2-1 lead after seven solid innings. “At the end of the day, they found a way to get it done and we didn’t. We have to learn something from it and come out tomorrow a little better prepared.”
I don’t think it’s a case of being more prepared because Arrieta pitched a pretty decent game. What it came down to was an overthrown ball from Mike Baxter to home plate which David Ross was unable to snag. Now, I’m not blaming Baxter because these things happen, just keep in mind that this is baseball and there’s such a thing as bad luck. Both teams played hard and have a history together. In fact, I’d go out on a limb and say as far as rivalry games go, this one was great.
“The problem there was leaving so many guys on base,” Joe Maddon said. “You get down to a one-run game and extra innings, we had many opportunities and didn’t take advantage of them. That’s the tale of the tape right there.”
Aye, there it is.
Now, we have a pinball game at home. It’s a baseball tabletop game and we have a lot of fun playing it. You can score singles, triples-you name it. It’s wooden with a retro style to it. Pretty cool stuff. My son left the runners stranded and he’d say, “Daddy, I left them stranded!” except he wasn’t bummed about. He thought it was awesome that he left them on base.
Every sport is simple-essentially. Hockey? You score. Baseball? Bring the runners home. Football? Touchdown.
“We know what the Cardinals are doing,” Arrieta said. “We know we have to do some things a little better to kind of trim that lead [in the division]. At the end of the day, it’s about coming out and trying to win the game that day and not worrying too far into the future. We have more than enough time to put together some good stretches to kind of minimize that number a little bit.”