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Pirates 5 Cubs 8

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AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Box score.  Cubs win a great game at home today, take this series, and are now 5 up on the Brewers, and 5 1/2 on the Cardinals.  The Cardinals take on the Phillies on ESPN this evening.  Next up for the Cubs, the Astros at Wrigley, and tomorrow’s game is the ESPN game.

After being down 0-2 early, the Cubs take the lead in the 4th on a flurry of doubles, from Edmonds, Soto, and Zambrano.  Aramis added on a solo shot in the 5th.  Soriano also racks up another steal, and it’s nice to see him running a bit lately.  He has 11 on the year, and has only been caught once.

The Pirates tie it up 5-5 in the 8th.  But the Cubs quickly strike back.  Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson smacks a two-run home run on an 0-2 count, and Soriano immediately follows up with a solo shot.  Johnson has been a great addition.  His defense and presence really buoy the Cubs, and his bat has been coming alive lately.

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Zambrano was good, not great.  He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, and struck out 2.  He did also have a double and an RBI.  He was pulled after warming up to start the 6th, and Samardzija was put in.  Big Z had only thrown 82 pitches, and it was not clear exactly why he was pulled.  I can tell you one thing, it doesn’t help my fantasy team’s IP per start category.  Samardzija was fine, pitching 2 1/3 innings: 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 K, no runs.  There was a stretch in this game where 17 straight Pirates were retired.

Gaudin gets the win, despite giving up the lead off a tying two-run home run in the 8th to Andy LaRoche.  Ah wins, what a stat.

Kerry Wood threw a simulated game today, and reportedly the Cubs are looking for him to return this week.  His return will be a nice boost down the stretch.

Quote of the game, regarding pitcher T.J. “Jim?” Beam:

Bob: It’s a good thing Beam wasn’t pitching in the 4th, when we had back-to-back-to-back doubles.

Len: I know what you were doing last night.

Bob: Set ’em up.


Written by ollie

3 August 2008 at 1:15 pm

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Cuban defectors?

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Chicago Sun-Times/John J. Kim

Chicago Sun-Times/John J. Kim

There is a good article about Mark Cuban, one of the billion dollar men, and the Cubs in today’s New York Times.

‘The Cubs are an amazing franchise and brand,’ Cuban wrote in an e-mail message. ‘I think the owner of any major sports franchise has two jobs: first, it’s to work hard to win a championship year after year, and second, to be the caretaker of the franchise in the community.’

Also, some input from the Sox:

But John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and a Cuban booster, wrote in an e-mail message, ‘The commissioner’s office abhors owners who speak their minds and fight for the rights of their respective franchises.’ He added that he could think ‘of no one better suited to reverse the fortunes of the Cubs for the long term’ than Cuban.

Written by ollie

3 August 2008 at 1:10 pm