Two posts in one day?! Who do I think I am, JT? Anyway, on to the baseball…
With today’s decisive win, the cubs are back to .500. If this were a red stripe commerical, I'd be yelling "HOORAY CUBS!." Now, they need to keep this kind of playing up.
This afternoon’s game was an exciting one. See the boxscore for the raw stats.
There were three lead changes throughout the game and it looked like it was going to be a battle until the end. That is, until Burnitz came up to bat in the bottom of the 6th. Burnitz went yard with a three run shot to extend the Cubs’ lead to four. It was smooth sailing from there and Todd Walker added an insurance run with a pinch hit dinger in the 7th.
Pros from this afternoon:
Our offense got off Lee’s back. Ramirez seems to be coming out of slump and went 3-5 today driving in four runs. Burnitz also brought home four runs.
The bullpen came through in a big way. The Rockies were doing well at the plate with Mitre on the mound but when our relievers came in, the Rockies' bats cooled off. No runs were allowed with our relievers on the hill (always a good thing). Novoa (I’m really liking this guy – he can definitely bring some heat) finished off the sixth, and Borowski, Wuertz and Ohman each worked a full inning. Can’t ask for much more...
As for Mitre’s performance today, I’m not going to complain or list it as a con but it could have been better. The Rockies were consistently lighting him up and if it weren’t for our smokin’ bats, we would have been in trouble.
As I see it, not much to complain about. The only thing I can possibly bring up is Hairston getting picked off in the sixth. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no excuse. Stay awake and don’t attempt to steal (as Hairston was) unless you’re sure that ball is heading for home.
In other, semi-cub related news, Hawkins made his San Fran debut this afternoon. He worked the 8th for the Giants striking out one and allowing no runs. Good for him. Either way…I’m glad we’re rid of him and, as our bullpen proved today, we have relievers that can get the job done.
One more thing: Cub of the week is going to be a tough pick this week. Anyone reading have a suggestion (remember, we're already honored Lee a couple of times and we need to spread the love around)?