Sunday, June 12

Cubs Grind Out Second Win Against BoSox

ESPN BoxScore

This will be short as I'm sure most of you already know what happened this afternoon but I'll hit on a couple of things anyway. After getting down 3-0 in the first, the cubbies came back to win this afternoon and it was truly a team effort. The middle of the lineup came through in a big way and took some of the responsibility off the usual suspects (Lee and Perez were hitless while Hollandsworth had three hits). While the majority Boston's runs came via walks and the long ball, the cubs put their runs up with singles, doubles, sac flies and assertive base running. This would have been an entertaining one to be able to see live but alas, fox sucks (see comments under the previous post). At least Ron Santo provides hilarious commentary on the Internet radio feed.

Zambrano was out after five due to a sprained toe. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, he jacked it up sliding into second. It's always something with him...first it was Internet elbow and now a sprained toe. What's next? Hangnails? Ear infection? Whatever the case, as long as he stays off the DL (it's been reported that he should be fine for his next start) I'll gladly put up with all this weird stuff.

So we've taken two in a row from the reigning champs and tomorrow night's matchup looks like it could lead to a sweep. We've got Rusch ((5-1, 2.07 ERA) against Wakefield (4-6, 5.13 ERA) who's really been struggling lately. But, as we all know, anything can happen. One thing we'll need to do tomorrow night is run the bases well. With Wakefield, we can count on at least a couple wild pitches/passed balls. If we can capitalize on his errant knucklers, we should be able to put up plenty of runs and let Rusch roll to his sixth win.


At 11:17 AM, Blogger Jim said...

The saddest of all thingsā€”I found myself rooting for the Yanks yesterday and will do so again today! How strange life is: Is Jim Morrison singing the National Anthem?

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I know what you mean. I hate rooting for the Yanks, but at least when they play the Cardinals, I hope they win. I may hate the Yanks more than the Cards, but the Yanks can't win our division.

Does anybody know if Wakefield has a decent pickoff move? Because if he doesn't I'm wonder if we won't see some stolen bases tonight. I heard that Dusty had a talk with his resident speedsters on being more aggressive on the bases, and that could mean trouble for a knuckleballer. That is, provided Hairston, Patterson, Macias, or Perez can get on base.

Let's hope the wind is blowing in hard. That ought to flatten that knuckleball. Come on Cubs. Make history. We need a sweep. Don't let those Cards put any more distance between us!

ps. ESPN,I'm trusting you. You told me there would be Cubs Sunday night, so don't dissapoint. Don't sink to FOX's level.

(pss./pps./psps?) Blast you Rupert!!!

At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I don't want to jinx this or anything, but did anyone notice anything unusual about the NL ERA leaders?

That's right, Glendon is second on the list. Who could have foreseen that going into this year, or last year, or any year for that matter?! Go Glendon.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

his performances last year on the rebound were a good sign.

with all of sosa and stones egos using the media for their selfish motives, a lot of good performances were ignored.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger DS said...

lazlo - good way of putting it about the yanks and cards. I refuse to root for either team but I will hope the yanks win.

And ESPN has delivered, it's the middle of the first now. Glendon looks good but gave up a solo shot to Youkilis. This one barely got into the basket. The wind doesn't look like much of a factor right now (might be blowing out a little?).

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Koronka against Willis tomorrow night. Another collosal mismatch. Maybe the results will be the same as the last game against the Blue Jays.

Cubs pitching gave up 20 runs in the three game series against the Red Sox. That's nothing to write home about.

How about Derreck Lee? Nobody else could do much with the knuckleball, but he got two doubles.

Wood starts tomorrow in Iowa; Prior pitched off the mound today before the game. Maybe there's a ray of hope yet.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Derrek was able to hit the knuckleball because of his approach. That closed front shoulder should help him to hit just about anything, but especially a knuckleball. Some of our other players open up their shoulders too early, which means their heads are off the ball by the time it breaks, especially if you're talking about a knuckle. Corey is a prime example. Some of our hitters could learn from Derrek. When you're hitting, wait, wait, when you feel like it's time to swing, wait a little more, then let loose. These guys all have fast enough hands to do that. Anyway, I'm glad to see Lee's still hitting.

Yeah, the pitching finally had a poor night today, and the offense just couldn't keep pace with the Sox. Although I agree that pitching in this series was less than stellar, you have to remember we are facing the Red Sox, and these part-time truck drivers can hit.


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