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Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to.

The Cubs played the San Diego Padres Monday night in the first game of a three-game series. ESPN game. Not my favorite broadcasters (except Doug — I love me some Glanville) but at least not ARod and Jessica. Awkward though. At least Jason Benedetti had the great good sense to mention TOOTBLANs in the bottom of the second. Limiting that inning to two plated runs was good work as Adbert Alzolay threw a lot of PPI**, uncharacteristically walking people, and got himself into a spot of trouble. The third was when he gave up a bomb and threw another 25 pitches. That early shower was because of a blister.

Ryan Weathers is a decent-looking young pitcher. His dad was a little taller but had the same basic build and delivery. It makes me feel old to understand that I saw David’s entire career. The Cubs got three runs off Ryan.

I have to say that I like that outfield configuration against a lefty. I really like KB as an RF. Fits his skillset imo better than third. Those long strides eat up some ground and he has good instincts for the ball. He hits well, into the bargain. Pittsburgh-area native Ian Happ is flat-out better as a left fielder than a center fielder. He has a bat, too.

They tried. Today’s another day. Let’s make it a win.

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Thanks for reading. **Pitches Per Inning