Today was the battle of the wounded wing pitchers as the Dodgers and Hong-chih Kuo met Wade Miller and the Cubs in front of another sparse crowd at Wrigley Field. Wade Miller actually didn’t look too bad, giving up two earned runs on a dinger to Marlon Anderson in five innings of work. The Cubs promptly tied the game up but Carlos Marmol got shelled, giving up three runs to the Dodgers on a homer to JD Drew.
The Cubs came to life when the Dodgers brought in Brett Tomko – Cedeno and Pierre singled, then The Riot did a beautiful job of hitting the ball where it was pitched, sending it bounding into right and scoring Cedeno. Aramis Ramirez then came up and launched one into the left field bleachers, giving the Cubs a 6-5 lead. Dusty did the right thing in the ninth, going to Bob Howry for the close and saving Dempster for a less critical situation. Ryan Theriot was removed from the game with a bleeding fingertip, the injury did not appear to be critical.
Cincinnati comes to town tomorrow and I shall be blacked out until Sunday due to the fact that Major League Baseball actually thinks that people in Nashville, TN care about the Cincinnati Reds. What sense does that make? Why would most people in Tennessee actually care about some team up north? Baseball’s blackout rules are truly draconian!