Baseball is back, and so is the unrelenting thunder that the Cubs can provide. We didn’t see much of it last year, but my goodness was it on display today. Bryant and Baez just smacked the Rangers around today, lets go to the video.
The Cubs opened the 2019 spring baseball season with an 8-4 victory over the lovable Milwaukee Brewers. Everyone loves the Brewers, you know, because they are just so lovable. Except for that whole keep the Cubs fans out of Milwaukee thing they do, didn’t really think a baseball team would have to resort to asinine, bush league behavior like a Nashville hockey team but here we are, again.
They did something similar last year, it didn’t help but it has added to the building rivalry between the Brewers and Cubs. I’ll be honest, I’m definitely here for this rivalry as it has been missing with the Brewers being basically dog shit for the last 6 years, save for last year of course.
The highlight of this one was Kris Bryant kicking things off the right way by launching a majestic two run shot in his first AB of 2019. Big year for Bryant as he is out to prove last year was just a fluke and that he is 100% healthy and ready to haunt the National League’s dreams, see below. Tingly.
Newcomer Daniel Descalso got his Brewer Killing season off to a great start as he went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the victory. Eight different Cubs pitchers got into this one with 36 year old journeyman Mike Zagurski picking up the victory.
The Cubs are back at it again tomorrow against the Giants, Tyler Chatwood gets the start.
It really is becoming quite ridiculous, the Cubs refuse to give any at bats away and that has been the catalyst for one of the best starts in team History. On this night the Cubs walked a total of ten times, process that for a second, ten base runners without swinging the bat. Usually the Cubs reserve the panic inning until the mid innings but tonight they had it on full display in the first. Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon couldn’t make it out of the first as the Cubs manufactured their way to five runs after John Lackey struggled in the top half of the innings.
Speaking of Lackey, he was sharp after the rough first as he worked 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out seven. The performance pushed Lackey to 2-0 on the season despite a 5.68 ERA. When the Cubs weren’t talking walks they were spraying the ball all over the field as they registered eight hits, none longer than a Kris Bryant home run, his first of the season.
Effortless, just puts the bat on the ball, and it’s gone. Sure the wind is blowing out, but that shows you what kind of power that Kris Bryant has, wow.
This is beyond stupid at this point, Kris Bryant just took King Felix deep, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a performance like Bryant’s this spring. Bryant took a 2-2 pitch over the left center field wall against arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Video as soon as I get it.