Before we get to yesterday’s wild and wacky extra inning affair at Wrigley Field, news broke late last night that the Cubs are sending Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals have acquired outfielder Scott Hairston in a trade with the Cubs, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes. The Cubs will receive a minor-league pitcher in return, Rosenthal reports. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman specifies (on Twitter) that it will be a Class A pitcher.
I don’t know how good a Class A pitcher a .172/.232/.447 hitter will return, but at least we’re Hairstonless again. As for yesterday’s game, it was a bullpen-heavy affair. Carlos Villanueva went only 4 innings in his return to the rotation, leaving the bullpen to pitch 7 innings. Despite a Kevin Gregg blown save, the ‘pen only gave up 2 runs over the course of those 7 innings. Not bad, eh?
“Not what the doctor ordered, another two-strike homer on bullpen day,” manager Dale Sveum laughed. “But they did a great job … to give up two in seven innings is doing a great job.”
Even if the Cubs are in for a massive sell-off, it feels good to win a series against the team with the best record in the National League.
“It just feels good to have some music on after a game,” Villanueva said of the clubhouse practice of indulging in entertainment only after victories. “Winning this series against these guys who are in first place, I think it definitely cures a lot of aches and pains and I think everybody is healthy.”
Rented mule Matt Guerrier pitched two scoreless innings for the second consecutive day.
“It’s always nice to beat the team on top,” said Guerrier, who plans on doing extra work in the coming days to help his arm bounce back. “They have been playing some good baseball, and for us to take two out of three here, we’ll see what happens.”
Darwin Barney committed an error in the 10th inning yesterday, ending a streak of 74 consecutive errorless games. He apparently has a habit of throwing away gloves that lead him to commit errors, but yesterday’s is safe.
“That wasn’t a situation where I felt that the glove had anything to do with it,” Barney said in all seriousness. “There was a time in 2011 where I had a backhand that I thought didn’t stick like I wanted it to. I nicely put it in the garbage can.”
Barney did start a double play with the next hitter, so maybe his glove knew its days were numbered.