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Hamels’ Iowa start, Contreras closer, Lee Arthur Smith praises Cubs, and other bullets

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No, Pedro Martinez, I don’t think Harold Reynolds and Greg Amsinger are anywhere near the broadcasters’ hall of fame, and I don’t think John Smoltz belongs there, either. Hand me over some of what you’re smoking, daddy-o. None of those men have either the personality or the delivery, and definitely don’t have the longevity, to warrant such inclusion.

Ok, on to the game. The Cubs played in San Francisco and Alec Mills and a succession of relievers looked decent enough, until the eighth. Robel Garcia and Kyle Schwarber turned on the power as the Cubs made efficient use of their few hits and almost pulled away with a win before grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. What’s up with Pedro Strop? Damn, man. My heart sank like Al Hedison’s boat (RIP David) as the game-tying fly and then the lead run passed before my eyes. Even JD was taking about Strop moving down the totem pole a tad. That gave me a sad. Help me, help me.

Al will have the recap. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes, where we’ll go over the game. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views.

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