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Game 71: Rangers 6 – Cubs 5

Jun
24

Cubs 32-39, 8.5 GB
Rangers 28-44, 17.5 GB

POTG: 1B D Lee (3 H, 2 RBI, R, HBP)
Runner Up: LF Soriano (2 H, 2B, R, IBB), 1B Darryl Ward (2 H, R, BB), LF Angel Pagan (3 H, RBI), CF Felx Pie (2 BB!, SH)

This was a killer series for the slim playoff hopes. The Brewers have gotten unstuck, and the Cubs lost 2 of 3 to a horrible team. Which kinda makes the Cubs a horrible team. 8.5 might as well be 50 at this point.

I didn’t see or hear any of this game – I tried to get GameDay Audio working on my laptop, but it wasn’t working. I hate my laptop – I think there’s a defective RAM stick or something. It’ll just randomly blue screen of death after being on an hour or three. Don’t know when, don’t know why (guessing it’s a heating issue.) I would like to get a new laptop, and probably a Mac at that, but I don’t want to deal with the same sort of problems from something else. Right now, I’m just using programs which can autosave every five seconds.

It’s probably good I didn’t see this game, because just reading the description would’ve killed me. The bullpen has generally been better of late. Not this game. Offense should’ve done more with 13 hits and 6 walks, so I say it’s a group loss.

Even though the box score numbers don’t look good, Lilly did a good job keeping the Cubs in it and saving the bullpen by making it 7 innings. He didn’t give up a run after the 3rd, a hit after the 4th, and finished with 3 strikeouts. It’s totally an AL thing – he would’ve been lifted for a pinch hitter in the 4th or 5th in the NL

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Game 70: Rangers 7 – Cubs 3

Jun
24

Cubs 32-38, 8 GB
Rangers 27-44, 18 GB

POTG: LF Soriano (2 2B, HR)
Runner Up: RP Scott Eyre (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R)

21 hitting it off 21, seems about right. No matter what went down, they shouldn’t have given Sammy’s number away for 10 years. They shouldn’t have given away Grace’s either. I’m not going to argue Sammy’s Hall of Fame case, because when it gets down to it, I don’t really care about the hall of fame. All I know is Sammy was a Cubs for a long time, was the best player on some really bad teams and a couple good ones, and was by far the only best reason to watch the Cubs in the 90s. I don’t what kind of baseball fan or if I’d be one at all if he hadn’t been around.

I’ve always rooted for Sosa, it’s tough to remember a time when I didn’t. I defended him before he hit it big, so it doesn’t make sense for me to give up. I don’t think he’s the right fit for Texas right now, but I don’t care much about these Rangers. Let Sammy hit home runs.

Marquis pitching like we thought he would, check. Koyie might have hit a HR, but he saw all of 6 pitches in 3 at bats. Pagan saw 6 in one at bat. Cesar was hacking even more, 9 pitches in 4 at bats.

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