It wasn’t a pretty win, but the Chicago Cubs managed to hold off the Seattle Mariners yesterday to go to their 7-6 win.
The Cubs had a 7-1 lead but the Mariners came back to be within one run in the eighth inning.
Edwin Jackson got his fourth win of the season but the underrated Kevin Gregg came in to seal the deal.
“We’ve played well as a team in spurts,” Cubs GM Theo Epstein said. “If you wanted to sum up the first half, you could say it went really well for the first seven innings. We’ve really had a hard time closing out games.”
Which makes Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein’s job that much more difficult going into the All Star Break in a couple of weeks. The Cubs need help everywhere except Starlin Castro( though that’s debatable) Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney.
The problem with the Cubs too is that they’ve never been in sync during the games. Either it’s the pitching that’s outstand or it’s been the offense that’s played well during the games.
Alfonso Soriano continued his hot streak and notched his 21 double of the season and Darwin Barney is now 68 games and counting for his error free streak.
“Maybe we’re lucky,” Barney said. “I think we would trade some of those doubles for more hits with runners in scoring position. Doubles are good, runs are better.”
I think it’s to be expected this time of the year when players start “auditioning” in hopes that their market value will increase while other players are in the home stretch to get that vote for the all star break and pad their resume with All Star tacked in the front of their name. Kind of like winning an Oscar.
So, the Cubs have a day off today before heading along the West Coast for their first ever visit with the Oakland Athletics tomorrow.
INJURY NOTE: Outfielder Ryan Sweeney will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken rib he sustained while crashing into the wall during Saturday’s game.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day and be proud of our longest unprotected border in the world.