Ivy will do the recap for the Eastern road trip soon enough, but since this was a shortened series, I’ll take care of it for now since I have the time. Before we round up the series, though, two cool stories that I thought every fan would appreciate:
1. Bartolo Colon is the man and OMG ICHIRO WHAT ARE YOU DOING
2. Andrew McCutchen is a wonderful human being and I wish him the best.
Kansas City Royals @ Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field
Friday, May 29: Royals 8, Cubs 4
I’ll be honest, I was in school finishing out the day and in the car for most of this so I didn’t get to take in the entire game, but from what I heard, Jake Arrieta was the victim of the elements and for the longest time, the Cubs couldn’t do much against Edinson Volquez (no, really, that Edinson Volquez). Then Jorge Soler got the green light and hammered a 3-0 pitch into the stratosphere, and later on Addison Russell tied the game with a long ball of his own. Unfortunately, the bad version of Pedro Strop showed up, Dexter Fowler made a misplay, and that’s all she wrote for this game.
Saturday, May 30: Postponed
Stupid rain. Here’s the makeup info, and I hear lots of out-of-town Cubs fans were displeased that they might not even get a chance to recoup their money…
Tonight's game has been postponed. The make-up date will be Monday, September 28 at 7:05 p.m. CT.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 30, 2015
Kansas City Packers vs. Chicago Whales, Weeghman Park
— Wrigley Renovations (@WrigleyRenovate) May 31, 2015
Sunday, May 31: Royals 1, Cubs 2 (Final 11)
It was throwback Sunday for the Cubs, who wore Chicago Whales throwback uniforms to commemorate the team that played at Wrigley Field (then Weeghman) back in the day. The uniforms were pretty sweet.
— Amanda Kaschube (@amandakaschube) May 31, 2015
I watched the Cubs play on ABC 7 for the first time. The music was reminiscent of an 80s action movie and I think the presentation was okay, especially since Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies were still doing the commentary so that was nice. Tsuyoshi Wada and Yordano Ventura traded zeroes for most of the game. But as is usually the case with Wada, Cubs manager Joe Maddon had the quick hook when Wada walked a batter with two outs. Travis Wood was brought in to the dismay of many a Cubs fan, promptly allowing a walk and a run-scoring hit by Alex Gordon. Justin Grimm put out the fire and Chris Coghlan tied the game with an RBI-TOOTBLAN trying to stretch a single into a double. Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, James Russell, Jason Motte and Zac Rosscup maintained the tie until the Cubs got their second chance to walk off with David Ross at bat. Ross dunked a ball into no-man’s land and the Royals defense couldn’t hold on, allowing Kris Bryant to score the winning run two batters after Dexter Fowler probably should’ve scored if not for a great throw by Gordon and a poor slide on what I thought was a questionable send, but Cubs Twitter is slowly convincing me that it was a smart “force the issue” send. Whatever, Cubs/Whales won.
The Cubs still have not been swept in a series this season, which I think is cool. They sit 4 games above .500, still in the postseason hunt and very likely to add this trade season to make a major run at October. They’ll embark on a road trip now to battle the Miami Marlins (a potential trade partner?).
Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins, Marlins Park
Let’s do this, Cubs.