Cubs Sweep Braves

August 15, 2008

The offensive onslaught continued last night in Atlanta. Powered by the bats of Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, the North Siders continued their dominance of the Braves as they swept them for the second straight time this year.

The win gives the Cubs eight straight road wins and leaves the Cubs just one game under .500 on the road, which as we have stated here on 100yi before, is pretty monumental considering that they were 8 games under at the break. Overall, the team is  27 games over .500…

The series totals were pretty impressive as far as the numbers are concerned…3 games, 3 wins, 29 total runs, 38 total hits, on only 4 HRs…The Cubs played great all around baseball with such a balance. Starting pitching continued to be solid too with Ted Lilly gettng the “W” and bettering his record to 12-6.

We are going to stick to the positive, staying away from the benches clearing incident. Mark Kotsay hit for the cycle for the Braves…it always seems when someone hits for the cycle, it usually propels a team to a win, but the Cubs were just too much. Tom Glavine supposedly pitched last night, but like the rest of the year, no one really could be sure it was the real Tom Glavine…or at least the guy who used to be Glavine. In 13 starts this year, Glavine has only two wins….2! Not a misprint.

The Cubs head to Miami to face the Marlins for the weekend…Zambrano to start, as Dempster gets an off day. 7:10 Florida time….Tune in later for a preview…


Reed All About It…Soriano Returns, Cubs Win

July 24, 2008

Someone reminded the Cubs that they are the best offensive team in the NL. Just in time to avoid a sweep at the hands of the D-Backs. The oh-fers were  erased finally for Geovany Soto (0-21) and Aramis Ramirez (0-26) who each got a hit tonight. Derek Lee (0 HR in July) homered to start things off for the Cubs in the first, which probably relieved alot of tension and loosened up the whole line up. They seemed to press less tonight. Kosuke Fukudome found his patience at the plate again as he walked three times.

The epiphany for the Cubs was the top of the eighth inning where it all seemed to come together. Ryan Theriot walked, Aramis singled…you had the feeling after A Ram got his single that a lot of things were getting ready to start working. Second and Third, one out. Geo Soto ends his slide with an RBI single. As we mentioned, Fukudome remembered he is a patient hitter and took a walk to load the bases. Micha Owings walked Mark DeRosa which plated Aramis. Leo Rosales relieved Owings and gave up a grand slam to Reed Johnson. 10-3.

Arizona plated three in the bottom of the frame but it was as close as they would come as the Cubs took the final game to keep a one game edge over the Brewers in the NL Central. Final score 10-6.

The Cubs head home to face the Florida Marlins for a four game set at Wrigley where they have dominated their opposition.

Check back tomorrow for the resumption of previews.