Cubs Grind Out Second Win Against BoSox
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.