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July 11, 2014

What You Need to Know

Alcantara Can Stay

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
With a .227 career True Average, Darwin Barney is no Wally Pipp. And Arismendy Alcantara—despite being billed as a “future first-division player” on the BP Top 50—probably won’t enjoy the legendary career of Lou Gehrig. But after seeing Alcantara’s four-hit afternoon, Barney ought to be a bit concerned that a few days on paternity leave might cost him his job.

The 22-year-old Alcantara’s career began ominously: He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday and went down swinging in the first inning of Thursday’s series finale, in which he batted second and played second for manager Rick Renteria. From that point on, though, Alcantara was unstoppable.

Up with runners at second and third and one away in the top of the third, Alcantara got the Cubs on the board with a sacrifice fly to cut the Reds’ lead to 3-1. In the fifth inning, with Cincinnati leading 4-1, Alcantara doubled home a pair to turn the finale into a one-run game. In the top of the eighth, he picked up an infield single and scored the equalizer on a base hit by Starlin Castro.

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