It was a comedy of errors tonight in Wrigley Field, fortunately Cesar Izturis’ 11th inning basehit prevented the game from ending like a Greek tragedy. The Cubs had six defensive miscues and nearly gave the ballgame to the Dodgers. Ryan Dempster earned yet another blown save – this time he watched helplessly as Cesar Izturis demonstrated brick hands on an easy grounder and Derrek Lee showed Cubs fans his best impression of Billy Buckner on another infield groundball. Freddie Bynum again proved that he has the hands of a sturgeon at second base tonight, committing three errors and a poor throw in two innings. At one point the Dodgers led the hapless Cubs 7-0.
Luckily the Cubs are learning about Bynum now instead of next year – this guy makes Soriano look like a Gold Glove second baseman. Probably the lowlights of the game came in the fifth and seventh innings when the Cubs had clusters of basehits. These egregious demonstrations of base-clogging had to have made Dusty furious, fortunately in the fifth Jacque Jones delivered a key strikeout to prevent the Cubs from totally filling the bases with useless baserunners. Matt Murton then saved the day by hitting a double down the line, thus clearing the bases and making the score 7-5.
Then later in the seventh the Cubs filled the bases again and thusly tied the game. But then came the errors – finally the Cubs were able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat when they got two more baserunners in the eleventh frame and Izturis singled up the middle to defeat his erstwhile teammates.
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In other major league action, a fistfight broke out between Kansas City’s catcher John Buck and their pitcher Runlevys Hernandez after the third inning. Hernandez gestured to the Royals’ receiver as they were returning to the dugout and then the fur began to fly. KC players stopped the fight and both players went back in after the altercation.