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Cub Tracks one and done

#Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. On the anniversary of Ernie Banks’ 400th home run, the Cubs dropped one to the Reds. Gotta score more than that off of this pitching.

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

Javier Assad trod the mound in Cincinnati, hoping to meatloaf. Alexander Canario wasn’t in the starting lineup. Why not?

“I would say he’s probably on the back end of the depth chart,” David Ross told reporters.

I see. I might have liked to see him against Andrew Abbott. Instead David Ross has seen fit to have fan favorite Patrick Wisdom person first base and gelid Christopher Morel’s bat is in the nine spot. Normally I’m a David Ross backer, but that seems questionable.

Laz Diaz behind the plate. That’s always questionable.

Despite that, Assad had a great outing, Jeimer Candelario went deep. The bullpen, normally reliable, failed again. This time Mark Leiter, Jr., had an issue. 5 hits all day ain’t going to get it done.

This one hurts a little but the Cubs can meatloaf the Sunday finale, take the split, and move on, slightly older and wiser and in the same situation they were in before they got to Cincinnati.

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