Let’s say, hypothetically, that Windmill Kim didn’t send Mark Grudzielanek to his doom at the plate. Even though it’s really a stretch to do this, let’s reconstruct the inning based on the next few Cubs at-bats (both in the 8th and the 9th) to see what might have been:

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Ben Grieve singles on a ground ball to center fielder Wily Mo Pena. Mark Grudzielanek to 3rd. Tom Goodwin to 2nd. (now based loaded, 1 out)

Corey Patterson hits a sacrifice fly to right fielder Austin Kearns. Mark Grudzielanek scores. Tom Goodwin to 3rd. (now first and third, 2 out, score tied at 6-6)

Neifi Perez singles on a line drive to right fielder Austin Kearns. Tom Goodwin scores. Ben Grieve to 2nd. (now first and second, 2 out, Cubs lead 7-6)

Aramis Ramirez grounds into fielder’s choice, shortstop Felipe Lopez to second baseman Ryan Freel. Neifi Perez out at 2nd.

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Yeah, it’s easy to see in hindsight and it’s kind of “out there” but oh, what might have been…

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