Anthony Rizzo returned to the lineup Monday night and for the first time Rizzo, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler were in the Cubs’ starting nine. And while Rizzo’s walk off was the lone run scored against a Reds staff they’ve struggled against all season, the bottom line was the Cubs won the ballgame.
Rizzo spoke with the beat writers prior to Monday’s game and he admitted what is going on with the Cubs right now is exciting but he’s “not going to get on the hype train like everyone else does” and added, “I’m going to make sure we stay in our lane. When we get to where we want to be, you’ll see me jumping for joy.”
After Monday’s walk-off, Anthony Rizzo said he is going to take the remainder of the season day-by-day and is not going to push it and risk reinjuring his back.
Starlin Castro is working his way back from the high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the lineup since Sept. 2. Castro is looking to return toward the end of the season and was hoping to play at least a couple of games before the end of the year.
Anthony Rizzo spoke like the clubhouse leader when he was addressing the beat writers before and after the game, but that is not going to change the front office’s plans going into the off-season.
The Cubs are looking to add at least one veteran position player this winter in order to lengthen the lineup and provide leadership in the clubhouse to what could be a very young team on Opening Day.
Kane County Cougars
The Kane County Cougars spent Monday night at Wrigley Field after the Cubs recognized the Midwest League Champions prior to the game. The strength of the Cougars this year was the pitching staff and ESPN Chicago spoke with Jason McLeod about the young arms that were at Kane County this season.
Jen-Ho Tseng was named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year earlier in the day. Both Tseng and Kris Bryant will be at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and honored for their achievements prior to the game against the Reds.
News and Notes
Anthony Rizzo is one of the six finalists for the 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
The Cubs improved to 36-36 at Wrigley Field on Monday night. With nine home games remaining, the Cubs have already won more times at the old ballyard this season than a year ago (28-44 after 72 games).
Before Monday night, the last time the Cubs won a 1-0 game on a walk-off home run was on June 8, 1971 when Joe Pepitone took Mudcat Grant of the Pirates deep in the 12th inning.
Jorge Soler has hit safely in 12 of the 13 games he’s played in. Soler is 17-for-48 with five doubles and four home runs.
David Golebiewski took a look at Javier Baez’s other strike zone problem.
According to the Sporting News, Wrigley Field is the fourth most influential MLB stadium of all time.
The Mets’ Jacob deGrom tied a record Monday night that was set by Cubs’ broadcaster Jim Deshaies. deGrom struck out the first eight batters he faced before Marlins’ starter Jared Cosart singled, the same as Deshaies in 1986 when the then Houston Astros’ starter struck out the first eight Los Angeles Dodgers he faced on Sept. 23.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs released Cody Ransom
2000 – Sammy Sosa hit home run No. 50 and joined Mark McGwire as the only two players in MLB history to hit 50 or more home runs in three straight seasons.
1998 – Sammy Sosa hit home run No. 63 in a 6-3 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. Sosa drove in all six runs and the 63rd longball of the season was a Grand Slam.
1992 – Cubs beat the Phillies 14-9 and Greg Maddux earned his 18th win of the season. Andre Dawson collected four hits, including a home run. Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Rick Wilkins hit home runs. Mark Grace was charged with an error, ending his streak of 102 games without an error.
1972 – Ellie Hendricks drew five of the Cubs 15 walks and Burt Hooton hit a Grand Slam off Tom Seaver in a 18-5 Cubs victory over the Mets at Wrigley Field.
1961 – Mark Parent, born
1960 – Mel Hall, born
1935 – The Cubs posted their 12th win in a row with an 8-3 victory over the Giants behind Lon Warneke.
1934 – Phil Cavarretta made his Major League debut. Cavarretta went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter for Billy Jurges. Cavarretta was just 18 years old.
1909 – President William Howard Taft was among the crowd of 27,000 at West Side Grounds as Christy Mathewson and the Giants edged Mordecai Brown and the Cubs 2-1.