Javier Baez versus the sign
It looked really weird in the third inning of Sunday night’s game against the Cardinals, when Chicago Cubs star infielder, Javier Baez, totally misplayed a double-play ball. That led to the Cardinals scoring a run and taking an early lead. After the game Baez said, “I’m not afraid to make mistakes and when I make them there are no excuses, but I didn’t see the ball at all until it passed the mound.”
Baez told Cubs manager Joe Maddon that he could not pick up where the ball was hit because there was a white sign behind home plate. Baez said that the white sign camouflaged the ball and that was the reason he did not make the routine double play. The run that would end up coming across for the Cards would end up being a big one.
The dreadful eighth inning
After St. Louis pushed across a run in the third, neither team would score until the eighth inning. In the top half of the eighth the Cubs would have the bases loaded, but unfortunately reigning MVP Kris Bryant and slugger Anthony Rizzo would both fly out to end the threat. Chicago would then bring in right-handed reliever/closer Pedro Strop as he prepared to shut down the Cardinals. Well, that would not end up being the case as Randal Grichuk would hit a two run shot to give the Cards a 3-0 lead and appear to seal the game.
It’s never over until it’s over
If we learned anything from last years Cub’s team it was to never give up on them even when they are down by 10 runs. In the top of the 9th the Cubs would look to start a rally, and that is exactly what they did. It started off with the St. Louis Cardinals’ closer, Seung-Hwan Oh, hitting Ben Zobrist, and then Jason Heyward reaching first on an infield single. This would give the Cubs some hope as Catcher Willson Contreras would come up to the plate, and on a 1-2 pitch, Willson would hammer the ball deep into left for a homer which would tie the game at 3-3.
Gotta hold them
The Cardinals would come to bat in the bottom of the ninth looking to walk it off and clinch their first game of the year. Cubs’ reliever, Mike Montgomery, would have 2 outs in the inning before walking Cardinals’ hitter Kolten Wong to bring up, once again, Randal Grichuk. On a 1-1 count Grichuk would hammer a ball to deep left center that would hit the wall and win the game for St. Louis. This would put the Cubs at 0-1 on the year and St. Louis at 1-0. I guess Chicago will just have to go 161-1, “sigh”.
Next up the Cubbies will look to tie the series up at one a piece as they will take on the Cards tomorrow at 7:15 PM CT. The pitching match-up will include Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta vs Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.