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.

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Aramis Powers Cubs Past Giants

July 11, 2008

Well, I am guessing alot of beer was consumed through eight innings today at Wrigley, because there wasn’t too much to cheer about. The wind was blowing in making this game a virtual snooze fest. Matt Cain and Jason Marquis dominated. Each pitcher gave up only three hits. Marquis was studly throwing only 73 pitches. He had a no-no through four. Both pitchers were finished after seven.

Fukudome was given most of the day  off after going 0-5 yesterday. He came in as a PH for Marquis…and continued to suck. Howry relieved Marquis and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

Tyler Walker was the Cubs best friend today as he destroyed the gem of a game pitched by Cain. A single, a sacrifice, a Derek Lee intentional walk brought up Aramis Ramirez who had never faced Walker before. It didn’t matter. First pitch fastball was deposited onto Waveland Avanue. 3-0 Cubs.

Giants made it interesting in the 9th with Kerry Wood a little shaky….But in the end Go Cubs Go! blared again and the “W” flag was hoisted up into the breeze. Wood picked up his 24th save of the year. Howry picked up the win (3-2).

Ramirez has been a stud after the seventh. Todays homer was his NINTH in the 7th inning or later. Todays HR was his 17th of the year and his 3 RBIs give him 66.

Player of the Game…no brainer Aramis Ramirez. Looking forward to Rich Harden’s debut tomorrow. SFs anemic offense should bode well for the Cubs in this series. The Giants have scored four runs total in their last four games.

W – Howry (3-2)
L – Walker (3-5)
S – Wood (24)

HR – Ramirez (17)

Recap 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
SFO (39-54) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
CHC (56-37) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 5 0
Scoring Summary
  SFO CHC
8th A Ramirez homered to left, R Theriot and D Lee scored. 0 3
9th B Molina singled to right, R Durham scored, E Velez to third. 1 3