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The Cubs started out as a tragedy in three acts (Schwindel, Villar, and Heyward had misadventures) despite the competent pitching of Mark Leiter, Jr, of whom Rick Sutcliffe said (and I agree) he could possibly spend time in the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation at some point this season, and certainly the next. He certainly has the stuff and the pedigree.

Those three errors only resulted in two runs. If you didn’t see the game, Al has details in his recap. The Cubs had no answer for Patrick Sandoval. Ildemaro Vargas had the only hit. He’s got a snowball’s chance of making the roster as a backup and honestly I’d rather have him than Andrelton Simmons.

Nico Hoerner played some short.

Seiya Suzuki revved things up a little and tied the contest. The Cubs ended up winning.

I confess that I like the booth of Boog and Sutcliffe. Not better than Boog and JD, but I like it fine. Both sets of broadcasters come out as laconic when they have two-person situations and I like a lot of air in my broadcast. They also don’t holler a lot, which I enjoy. I supply my own hollering generally — yelling at the TV is one of my longest-practiced hobbies. I also collect dust.

The Cubs look to be providing a certain floor to the team, with the chance of maybe going up a couple of stories, but not so much down. The problem is that it’s a garden apartment plan. Not the basement, not the first floor, but a quaint little corner —- which was cool I guess when Wrigleyville was a piquant little neighborhood where you could drive in way early, park for five bucks, get nuts on Clark, step across to the diner and get a Greek skirt steak brunch, quaff a couple of cold ones before the game at a variety of homey gin mills, and have time to cop a choice bleacher seat.

Expectations are different here, now.

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Cubs birthdays: Alex Grammas, Koji Uehara, Bobby Hill, Jason Kipnis.

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