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Game 149: Cardinals 4 – Cubs 3

Sep
16

Cardinals 70-77, -1
Cubs 77-72, +6

POTG: LF Alfonso Soriano (2R HR), 1B Derrek Lee (2H, 2B)
Runner Up: RP Kevin Hart (2 IP, 0 R, BB, 2 K)

This was the first dumb team game I’d seen the Cubs play in a while. I don’t know if it’s just that late in the season or because it was the second half of a doubleheader, but people’s heads were not in the game and it cost them a game they could’ve won on a day the Brewers did win.

Marshall wasn’t sharp at all. I know he’s been doing side sessions, but it sure didn’t seem like enough. I think the bullpen was pretty great – Hart was the only one who pitched of any real length, but everyone was effective except for Wuertz. Considering how long Ohman and Hart had between stints, at least they were looking good. And if Wood is okay on Sunday after being able to pitch effectively in both ends of a double header, he belongs on the potential playoff roster.

No walks was a problem for the hitters here. I don’t know why, but I keep thinking this was the game with multiple people being thrown out at the plate. (Edit: it was! it just didn’t seem that way checking baseball-reference’s box score. Neither Lee or Theriot should’ve been sent.)

Hopefully they tie Theriot to the dugout bench today.

I wish it was more than a 1 game lead, but it’s better than a no game lead.

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Game 148: Cubs 3 – Cardinals 2

Sep
16

Cubs 77-71, +2
Cardinals 69-77, -7

POTG: LF Soriano (2R HR, 2 H)
Runner Up: SP Ted Lilly (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K)

I thought this one was going to get away from the Cubs. Lilly was in all sorts of trouble the first few innings, taking to till the third to settle down at all, and the Cubs were doing very little at the plate. One big late swing Soriano, and it all turned around. POWER = WINS (though they could’ve done a bit more.)

Win or no win, this was a nice rebound appearance for Kerry after getting smoked two times again. He had an inning in Houston that I forgot about when watching this, but this was in a much closer game anyway. Dempster looked great, and maybe the fans won’t want to replace him for another day.

At this point, I had hopes of the Cubs stretching the lead out to three by the end of the day, driving a stake in both chasing teams.

Waiting four hours between games was boring for me, and all I had to do was watch them. I can’t imagine what it’s like to play in the games.

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