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.
July 12, 2008
Reed Johnson drove in the winning run on a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th….We love the W but this day was overshadowed by trouble from the Cubs bullpen.
Everything good about Rich Harden was all undone by Carlos Marmol in the top of the ninth inning in todays game. A five run top of the ninth was just full of mistakes, hit batters, walks. You name it Marmol threw it. He is starting to remind me of last years version of Ryan Dempster. The thing that baffles me is that when you are pitching against the worst offense in the NL..why not just go right at them and make them beat you…no reason to pitch the spots. Marmol got to where he is by overpowering people. Larry Rothschild has got to get this worked out. It makes me sick to hink Harden gets a ND after such a brilliant performance.
As for Harden…I am still not sure which ovation was louder…the one to start the game, or the one in the 6th when he came out. I hope he did get a curtain call, mlb.tv cut away to a commercial so I couldn’t tell…but I know he deserved one. 10 Ks…no runners past second base….quite studly. As for all of the naysayers about Harden’s velocity being down, his final pitch was a 96 MPH fastball. Case closed.
It is Saturday so Ill let the pros do the recap…click the links to the left to go to your favorite website for additional analysis.
The numbers rarely lie. In my gameday preview post the numbers said that Harden would dominate the Giants and that the Cubs would be all over Kevin Correia. Click here to see the post…and check back later for tomorrows numbers and analysis. The only thing that the numbers couldn’t tell us prior to the game is the need to position a Doctor behind the mound to perform the Heimlich Manuver on Marmol.
Player of the game 1 Harden / 1A Sean Marshall
(Random Side Note…Dick Butkus who did the stretch today belongs to my Father in Law’s Country Club in Camarillo, California…I see him all of the time…he’s not so big…I out drive him….)
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