Monday, September 15, 2008

6

Cubs win with another starting pitching gem by Lilly! 1H, 1BB, 9Ks in 7IP to go 15-9. Outstanding outing. He had a no-no through 6, so for a while it seemed as though the improbable might actually happen. But I'll take 15 innings in a row of no-hit ball any time. Lilly's curve ball was especially devastating today.

A few other things to note from today's game:

1. The Cubs have that look again in their eyes that says "we own this thing and destiny is in our hands." You don't see it very often (and certainly not on the Cubs), but when you do it's great to see.

2. Lee may finally be breaking out of his power slump with a HR today.

3. Jimmy Edmonds continues to amaze me and defy all St. Louis and San Diego fans. He hit a nice HR today and made a great diving catching in CF today to keep the no hitter alive in the 6th for Lilly.

4. Soto shows once again why he's going to be a lock for RoY. Another great game with a BOMB HR following him calling a no-hitter last night.

5. I wonder if Ramirez hadn't made that error to start the 7th if Lilly would have held the no-hit bid together. I know Lilly is a professional and would never blame such a thing on somebody else, but that HAD to break his concentration.

6. It was also nice to see Howry get a slop inning of work in without getting destroyed with his one good pitch. It would be nice to have him for the playoffs especially with Gaudin going down, possibly for the season for "falling into a dumpster". No, I'm not making that last part up...check out the details here.

Now, back to the real Wrigley tomorrow, not to be confused with Wrigley North where with Dempster, Marquis & Harden scheduled to start against Sabathia, Sheets & Parra, you would hope we can take 2 out of 3. If that were to happen, the magic # would then be 2 and then let the coasting begin....

Also of note, it's the last Cubs home stand of the year before October. So, if you don't have tickets, you may want to look into tracking some down as it may be your last chance to watch them in person (unless you're one of the lucky few to track down playoff tickets).

11 comments:

mr X said...

Forget taking 2 of 3 - SWEEP and make the number 0

Lindberg said...

I think it's going to be a tall order to sweep. C.C. is 9-0 against the national league...but once you get into that TERRIBLE Brewer Bullpen it's up for Grabs. It would be nice to do it that early wouldn't it?

It'll be interesting to see how the Brewers respond to the firing of Ned Yost. (A move that shocked most everybody, I'd imagine not the least of whom was Ned Yost)

Adrienne Moch said...

Remember that the one game CC started that the Brewers did not win was against the........CUBS!

I hate that the team seemed to lose focus there for about a week, but they're definitely back!

Matt and the Full Effect said...

I'm agreeing with mr x. SWEEP! Let's put that team out of their misery. Cubbies!

Justin Kron said...

FYI: The Brewers series is not the last homestand. The following series (9/19-21) against the Cards is. It will be nice seeing the Cubs clinch a playoff berth at home, considering how well they've treated their fans at home games this year. Go, Cubs, go!

Justin Kron said...
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Justin Kron said...

It's also very fitting that on 9/17 against the Brewers, the first 10,000 fans will receive a limited-edition Carlos Zambrano bobblehead doll. I bet that will fetch some nice pocket change in a few years.

Nick said...

Sabathia, over rated in the NL. He's played horrible teams so far. Only tough team he played has been the cubs and I think they solved him pretty well.

Anonymous said...

This is what's going to be interesting for the Brewers. If the Cubs win their division early than they probably won't play their A-team against the Brewers in which they have 6 remaining games left with them. 3 of which are at the end of the season, so basically the Cubs will probably be handing the Wild Card to the Brewers. Watch and see how this plays out. Also, Brewers fans should be happy that the Cubs beat the Asstros today ... it's funny how things get all twisted at the end of the season ... your rival becomes your ally and your ally becomes your rival. Quoting Shakepears Julius Ceaser, "What fair foul and foul is fair ..."

Anonymous said...

FYI justin kron: a homestand does not consist of a single series, it consists of however many consecutive games are played at home. So the Milwaukee series is the beginning of the last homestand, and the Cardinals series is the conclusion of that homestand.

bhawks61 said...

Anonymous said...
This is what's going to be interesting for the Brewers. If the Cubs win their division early than they probably won't play their A-team against the Brewers in which they have 6 remaining games left with them. 3 of which are at the end of the season, so basically the Cubs will probably be handing the Wild Card to the Brewers. Watch and see how this plays out. Also, Brewers fans should be happy that the Cubs beat the Asstros today ... it's funny how things get all twisted at the end of the season ... your rival becomes your ally and your ally becomes your rival. Quoting Shakepears Julius Ceaser, "What fair foul and foul is fair ..."


After this series we only have 3 left with the Brewers. The only thing we will hand them is a as kicking.

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