- Tuesday September 16th – Wrigley Field
- Game (149): Cubs 5 – Brew Crew 4
- Record (91-58) – 1st place NL Central
- Magic No. – 4 G
The skinny: Alfonso Soriano now has 20 HR in 40 September games during his two seasons with the Cubs.
More recently, the left fielder has 7 HR in his last 15 games pacing the Cubs on its five-game winning streak.
And tonight, his seventh inning blast off CC basically flushed Milwaukee’s season down the crapper too.
Speaking of which, I understand Milwaukee’s intentions in firing Ned Yost before the Cubs series, yet I strongly disagree with club’s decision to dismiss its manager.
If there was ever a time to fire Yost it was after his team blew its 8.5 game lead in the Central last year, and not with less than two weeks in the regular season to go this year.
Yet, the Crew decided to bring Yost back in ’08 showing its loyalty to a guy who made due for years without good players on the roster.
Now, the organization’s bid to energize the club at the cost of Yost’s head only reaffirms the Brewers’ worries that its post season aspirations are spinning out of control.
If I‘m Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin, I tell Yost to create a distraction like the incident between Manny Parra and Prince Fielder in Cincy a few weeks ago.
Remember that the Brewer followed the dugout head-butting between Parra and Fielder on a tear while also taking control of the Wild Card.
Now suddenly the answer to a team’s struggle is to can the manager with less than two weeks to go in the regular season?
Sure, I’ll be the first to say that Yost protected his players more than he should have this season.
But have the skipper call some players out, punch a water cooler or do something to stir the pot before canning the man whose team one game out in the Wild Card.
Yeah, it’s ok for the front office to disagree with the manager’s philosophy, but why risk upsetting a clubhouse that’s with striking distance of its first post season birth in 26-years?
On the other hand, what makes Lou such a dynamic manager is that he understands when to protect his players and when to challenge them.
Cubs lose nine in a row a Lou goes bananas after the game; afterwards his team rebounds on a five-game winning streak.
Next time stir the pot Ozzie Guillen style Ned!
Anyway, back to the Cubbies…loved the way Dempster battled tonight: 114 pitches, 1-BB & 9-K.
The right-hander has now produced 10 quality starts in his last 14 outings going (7-3) in that span.
Plus, his 13 home wins are the most by a Cubs pitcher since Fergie posted 13 at Wrigley in 1971.
And, Dempsters’ 13 home wins are three more than any of his other competitors in MLB.
I’ve said before Aramis is the Cubs’ MVP in this lineup.
The guy continually comes through in the clutch and the bigger the stage for Ramirez the better.
Tonight was no exception for the third baseman against Sabathia, who had yet to lose a game in a Brewers uniform: 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.
Final thoughts: great ‘D from Reed and Aramis, and another strong outing from Bobby H who nearly watched CC go yard before walking the tying run on four pitches.
W – Dempster (16-6) – Wood (31)
L – Sabathia (15-9) – (9-1)
- Notes: Of the Cubs 91 wins, 51 have come at Wrigley.
- That’s the most home wins for Chicago since posting 56 in 1935.
- Since September 1st the Cubs have extended its lead over the Brewers in the Central from 4 G to 8 G.
- The last pitcher to win more than 13 home games in a season is Russ Ortiz who ended his 2003 campaign in Atlanta with 14 wins at Turner Field.