Walk-off HR by Russell Beats Brewers, 7-4

By Richard Kagan

addy russellOn a cold, cloudy day in Chicago, Addison Russell brightened for the Cubs fans at Wrigley Field by hitting a three run homer to cap a four run 9th inning rally.  The Cubs won 7-4 and finished its first homestand of the season, 4-5.

Chicago is (8-7) and is not exactly setting the League on fire. But it is cold and the bats are just waking up. The Cubs pitching has been less than impressive but there is talent and one has to hope the pitching staff will come around.  Today Addison Russell came around on a pitch thrown by Naftali Perez that landed in the bleachers in left.  A lot of Cubs greeting Russell as he touched home plate. It was an exciting win that heralds more in this unique season: The first that the Cubs play as defending World Series Champs.

Kris Bryant got the RBI that tied the game at 4.  He has yet to find a groove to his swing. But it is coming.

One thing for sure, this team knows drama. They’ve won a couple of exciting games in the past few days.  Baseball is a game of ebb and flow, of quietness and then sudden fierce action. Baseball features the circus catch in deep center-field ala Wille Mays, the deep blast to rightfield, and the outfielder throwing home to the plate in hopes of catching the runner as he slides in.

There are the endless foul balls hit by a batter trying to solve a pitcher. Then the pitcher throwing over to first to keep a runner close to the base.  It all happens in this game, and it could happen soon.

The season is underway, the Cubs are 8-7 and heading to play the Reds for the Division lead.  This isn’t the hot start that the Cubs had in 2016.  This is a club that is revving up the engine for the long haul of summer.

Richard Kagan is a featured writer on “A View From The Bench”, which has been recognized by Major League baseball as one of the top 100 blog sites.

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