Cubs Giants NLDS Game 1 Recap – Sacha’s Diary October 8, 2016
Wow, that was some game last night amirite?! A real claw biter if I ever saw one! The Cubs now have a 1-0 lead in the NLDS and will take the field against the Giants tonight at Wrigley Field for game 2. Last night, we were all together watching the game at home. But tonight, mommy and daddy are going to the game. Time for me to get out the dog biscuits and watch the Cubs on the HDTV. 🙂
Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto each put on a great performance, and gave up only one combined run all night long. Of course, that one run was a solo HR by Javier Baez in the 8th, which turned out to be the game winner. So I guess we found out who has the “coconuts” after all eh, Johnny?
And though it worked out fine, I disagreed with Joe Maddon’s decision to pull Lester in favor of Chapman after Javy hit that home run. Lester’s pitch count was low and he was dominating. If you ask me, he should’ve been left in to finish the game. Chapman came in and was a bit shaky with his control. It got a little scary there for a minute, but ultimately, he saved the 1-0 game for the Cubs.
But I do think it’s a positive for Chapman to get in and get an inning of work in a real game. He hasn’t had to pitch in a high leverage situation since last month, so that inning of work could pay dividends as the games roll on.
Anyway, it worked out and the Cubs won so I’ll take it.
I’m 6 years old which means that I’m 42 in ‘dog’ years. That makes me three years older than the 39 year old David Ross, who they call ‘Grandpa.’ I’m pretty young so I don’t get how he can be younger than me and still be a grandpa!
You humans are weird…
For me, Ross was the player of the game. I know, how can it not be Javy right? I won’t argue with you if he’s your choice, he certainly deserves it after hitting the game winning home run and his stellar defense. And he showed the baseball world in the 8th inning last night that Javy gonna Javy and there’s nothing you can do about it.
But Javy might not have been in position to hit that game winner if Ross doesn’t bail out Lester with a crucial caught stealing in the first inning and a pick-off in the third. As Cubs announcer Jim Deshaies tweeted out, “Can’t overstate the impact David Ross had on that game. I’ve got this covered- you just pitch big Jon.”
Couldn’t agree with you more JD! Well done Grandpa!
The Professor & The Shark
Tonight should be another great pitching match up as Kyle Hendricks takes the mound against former Cub Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs traded Shark to the A’s two years ago for Addison Russell (thank you again for that Billy Beane!), and it’s safe to safe this will be the biggest game he’s ever pitched in Wrigley Field.
Hendricks, The Professor, leads the major leagues with a sick ERA of 2.14 and has legitimate Cy Young credentials. And he’s been absolutely dominant in Wrigley Field all year long. This is a guy who supposed to be the Cubs 5th starter coming out of spring training by the way.
I’ll be watching to see how Shark performs in front of his former team and the fans at Wrigley. I’m guessing he’s going to be pretty nervous, though I’m sure he’d love nothing more than to throw a shutout. Just as the Cubs and their fans would loving nothing more than to chase him out of the game after a 10-run first inning. That would certainly be my preference 🙂
Should be a good one tonight! Come back tomorrow to catch my game recap. And if you’re a Cubs fan and would like to say something about the game or this series, leave me a comment! I’ll be sure to get back to you.
Let’s Go Cubs!! Until next time, Mr. Diary!
P.S. Remember, all posts signed off as “-S” are written by Sacha himself.
P.P.S. Happy birthday Grandma Dolores! Hope the Cubs win one for you today!