House of Blues

Chicago is known for all sorts of things, one of them is the form of music called the Blues. The “Chicago Blues” is a form of Blues developed in the Windy City, in the 1950s, in which the basic instrumentation of Delta Blues sound involving  the acoustic guitar and harmonica are used, and can be supplemented with other instruments – think of the “Blue Brothers Band.”

For the Brewers who were affectionately known in the late 70’s and early 80’s as the “True Blue Brew Crew” their current “house of blues” has become Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. After Tuesday nights 4-3 win by the Cubs they had won 7 of their last 10 versus the Crew at Wrigley Field.

Thursday afternoon was no different, the Cubs were able to raise their “W” flag again taking the rain shortened 2 game series, 2 games to none with their 7-2 victory. For the Brewers it didn’t help matters that the most dominating pitcher on the planet was on the mound, and was attempting to tie history. Cub starter Jake Arrieta was coming off a no-hitter from his last start, last Thursday (4-22-16) in Cincinnati … and if he threw another one he would join Cincinnati’s  Johnny Vander Meer as the only two pitchers in MLB history to accomplish such a feat…back-to-back no hitters.


Brewer’s lead off hitter short stop Jonathan Villar promptly sent the 5th pitch of the game into  left field on a broken bat flare, and Arrieta’s bid for consecutive no-hitters was squelched. In fact Arrieta threw a whopping 31 pitches that first inning, and had to get out of a bases loaded jam … which he did. The Brewers on the other hand weren’t so lucky as Taylor Jungmann who entered the game 0-3 on the season threw 20 pitches to start his day, and the Cubs took a 2-0 lead after one inning.


Ray Herbert

The “rebuilding” Brewers didn’t get another hit until the 6th, the same inning that Arrieta’s scoreless inning streak at home came to an end. According to Elias Sports Bureau,  Jake Arrieta’s 52 & 2/3rds scoreless innings at Wrigley (his home park) is second to “south-sider” Ray Herbert who put up 54 scoreless for the White Sox  from 1962-1963 at Comiskey Park. Brewer outfielder Alex Presley can take the credit, as his double in the top of the sixth drove in Villar who had his second hit against Arreita and stole his third base of the afternoon putting him in scoring position. Villar went 3-4 on the day with a walk, 3 stolen bases and 2 runs scored. Alex Presley drove in both those runs.


Jungmann warming up before the game Thursday

Taylor Jungmann along with the relievers struggled, throwing 200+ pitches for the second time this week, and walking 11 Cubs, Brewer skipper Craig Counsell had this to say about the walks

“11 walks, I mean, there’s no success in 11 walks that’s for sure…we were fortunate to only give up 7 runs really, that’s not certainly a formula for success.”

Counsell was 100% spot on that the Crew lucky to surrender just 7 runs, it could’ve been a blood bath considering the Cubs left 14 men on base, and were only 2 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

Well, what’s done is done, time to turn the page, and have short memories. Looks like Marlin will be on the Miller Park menu this weekend as Barry Bonds, Ichiro Suzuki, and the rest of the Miami team are in town for a 3 games set.

(photos courtesy of: number5typecollection, 1960sbaseball)



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