Tonight the Cubs pulled off a ninth inning miracle, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in a come from behind victory by the score of 3-2. Rich Hill clearly did not have his best stuff ñ it was evident from the first inning that he had trouble with his release point, especially when pitching from the windup. Nonetheless, Hill proved that he could pitch even when he wasnít on top of his game; he gave up just two runs in seven inningsí work. Itís fair to say at this time that, barring a trade or offseason injury Hill will be in the starting rotation for 2007.
Henry Blanco nearly cost the Cubs the game in the middle innings when it appeared that he had missed a sign for a suicide squeeze from third base coach Chris Speier ñ Matt Murton was hung out to dry between third and home and was summarily tagged out. Wuertz came in and struggled but he was able to get out of the inning keeping the Cubsí to within a run of the Brewers. Dave Bush pitched masterfully but turned the game over to Milwaukee closer Francisco Cordero, who promptly served up a gopherball to pinch-hitter Freddie Bynum to start the ninth. Juan Pierre hit his 199th basehit of the season and later scored when Hank White atoned for his earlier transgression, lifting a pitch into left center for the game-winning hit.
The Dusty-o-Meter is now down to three games as the Cubs will use a Thursday off day to pack and get ready for a season-ending series with the Rockies. In other news, St. Louis maintained it’s slim lead over the Astros as both teams eaked out victories.