At last, some Cubbie swagger!
We’ll all remember the Cubs’ three consecutive walk-off wins if they make the postseason.
Had they gone the other way, however, the Cubs would have been in a world of hurt. Instead, they’re just 2.5 games back of first place St. Louis.
Another steal sets the table for a walk-off win–Fukudome stealing second base after leading off the 13th with a single.
I’d like to see Lou run his guys more often. There’s no reason Theriot, Soriano, and Fukudome shouldn’t be on the move after reaching base.
Ever since Soriano’s hot start fizzled out and Aramis went down, the Cubs have been without a clutch hitter. It’s been the root of their problems offensively.
Now, Derek Lee is carrying the team. Surprising to me, he’s not the player I expected to rise to the occasion.
Quite honestly, I didn’t think Derek was that type of player anymore, but thankfully, I was wrong.
Not only has D-Lee reached base safely in 27 straight games, he’s also hitting for power again, and driving the ball to right field.
I keep repeating myself, but Lee’s recent production is exactly what you need from the cleanup spot!
If Andres Blanco keeps reaching base you give him three or four starts per week. His defensive talents trump both Fontenot and Miles, and the guy can steal a few bases too.
Another solid outing from Lilly, good enough for his team leading 11th quality start. His two home runs allowed were both solo shots, and he left the Cubs with a one-run lead in the sixth.
Heilman throws 52 pitches in two innings and walks (4) more batters than he strikes out (3). You watch his outing with the realization the Cubs need another quality arm in the pen.
I think Kerry Wood is trying too hard apposed to buckling under the pressure of pitching at Wrigley.
Yet, the way things are going, he’ll probably get another save opportunity Sunday.
The walk-offs are wonderful drama, but I’d trade a fourth straight for a simple 6-3 win on Sunday.
- The Cubs (33-31) are in third place.
- W: Patton (3-1) L: Wood (2-3) BS: (4)
- The Cubs have hit seven homeruns in its last four games.
- Chicago is 20-13 at home.
- Ted Lilly has pitched at least six innings in 10 straight starts.
- Milton Bradley has raised his average 33 points during his nine-game hitting streak.
- D-Lee extends his consecutive hit streak to 17 games.
- Randy Wells makes his eighth start of the season Sunday and is still looking for his first win (0-3)–not that he hasn’t been deserving!