Game 94: Cubs 9 – Giants 8


Giants 39-54, 13.5/13.5
Cubs 50-44, 3.5/3

POTG: CF Jacque Jones (4H!!! – up to 244!, RBI)
Runner Up: RP Carlos Marmol (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R), LF Alfonso Soriano (3 H, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI), 3B A Ram (3 H, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI), 2B Mike Fontenot (2 H, RBI, BB)

Does this count as being late if I write before I SEE the next game? It’s just starting, tape delayed on my TiVo right now. I won’t spoil it for you – but I have to pause it because they’re showing my the defense lineup and it’s, uh, distracting.

So what we learned Thursday is there’s apparently no safe time to have D Lee out for five games. As soon as we think the Cubs have everything lined up and are even opening up a nice spot for Ward to get some much deserved ABs, all heck breaks loose. The Cubs do not win this game if they do not have people capable of playing in numerous positions; I think most teams are hurting a lot more when they’re quickly down two 1B and a corner outfielder.

This game really should’ve been a blowout like some previously, but the Cubs pitchers were stuck on the gopher ball. It’s a bad thing to have the one big weakness being home runs. That’s clearly the biggest problem for this team, more so then walks issue (which usually is it.) It’s just good that they’ve cut down the number of games where everything goes to heck from the first couple months of the season, and that everyone on the offense is hitting.

It seems like Bonds isn’t done, he’s a force of nature a lot less frequently. So glad to say goodbye to him and the talk.

Jacque needs about three more weeks of hitting like this for the Cubs to get anything worthwhile out of him in trade. Of course, once he did that, no one would want to give up on him. If these Cubs are going All The Way, I sure hope he gets a few more games like this, so he’s not booed at the victory parade or something. You can argue Soriano or Ram ahead of him, but when is the next time Jacque is going to get 4 hits.