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Wild Wednesday

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A whirlwind Wednesday took place for the Chicago Cubs as they were in the middle of their Washington Nationals series in DC. Management spoke on catcher Miguel Montero’s comments from the night before, some players and the front office joined together for a celebration with President Donald Trump at the White House, and to end the day, they lost to the Nats (again).

Miguel Montero

After allowing 7 stolen bases to the Nationals Tuesday night, media members questioned Miguel Montero and he wasn’t very pleased with what they had to say about it. Montero chose to spoke on the manner and chose to put the blame on his teammate, Jake Arrieta.

“That’s the reason they were running left and right today because they were slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anyone out,” said Montero.

The seven allowed by Miguel Montero is most in a game by a Cubs catcher since Joe Girardi allowed 8 on June 3rd, 1990 vs Cardinals.

This quickly spread across the clubhouse and teammates spoke upon it. Rizzo stated, “When you point fingers you’re a selfish player. We have another catcher that throws everyone out.”

Theo Epstein and management slept on what was said before taking action Wednesday morning.

Montero and Jake Arrieta hashed things out. Arrieta commented on the conversation he had with Montero and said, “I love Miggy,” and “I’m not upset or mad about it.”

Cubs designated catcher Miguel Montero for an assignment and called up Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa.

Miguel Montero finished his Cubs’ career batting .242/.342/.395 with 81 runs, 22 doubles, 27 home runs, and 94 RBIs in 244 games.

Montero hopes to be remembered for his NLCS grand slam at Wrigley Field to giving the Cubs a 7-3 lead in Game 1 vs. the Dodgers.

White House Visit

The Chicago Cubs made their second visit the White House for the second time since they won the 2016 World Series.

The Cubs met with the 45th President Donald Trump and gifted him with a 45 signed and a commemorative championship jersey.

Several players and staff were in attendance while a handful chose not to attend for a variety of reasons. Carl Edwards said, “I’m trying to go see like the dinosaur museums.”

Joe Maddon left if it up to the player whether the wanted to attend or not and wouldn’t hold it against them.

“To go [Wednesday] is out of respect to the Ricketts family and to the office and the building itself.” -Maddon

Maddon spoke on the reasoning of choosing to visit the White House again and this time with President Donald Trump.

“Listen, I like the United States a lot. I like living here a lot. I like everything that it that it represents a lot. When you get a chance as a citizen to get to go to the White House, you go.” -Maddon

The Actual Game

The Cubs badly needed a win to distract them from the latest events that have been surrounding this team. Chicago had John Lackey up against Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg went in with a 1.95 ERA against the Cubs while Lackey was fresh off back-to-back quality starts.

The Nationals started on Lackey early and were able to score six runs by the end of the third while the Cubs were struggling. The Cubs finally cracked Strasburg when Wilson Contreras launched a tw0-run home run to put them on the board. Cubs would get within three at the top of the fifth but the Nats responded back quickly. They scored in the bottom of the fifth and again in the sixth.

The fifth-inning run came on a home run by Daniel Murphy, the third of the day, and the 24th allowed by Lackey this season. Lackey now has given up the most home runs by any pitcher this season.

After Strasburg’s departure, Anthony Rizzo was able to squeeze out one more run on his solo home run.

Lackey (5-9) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 9 hits and 8 runs while walking two and striking out two. Strasburg (9-2), on the other hand, went 7 innings only allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits while striking out 13.

Final Note

The Cubs nerves were stressed as they saw Kris Bryant get helped off the field in the fifth inning. Kris Bryant, after catching Matt Wieters’ pop-up, walks back in bounds and rolls his ankle as he steps on the corner of third base.’s Carrie Muskat reports it’s moderate to mild ankle sprain. X-Rays came back negative and he is day-to-day.

“It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, it’ll just be a couple days. Let’s keep moving it forward and hope it’s not too bad” -Joe Maddon on Bryant’s injury.