September 17th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0   6 13 0
Chicago 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 3   7 14 1
W – W. Ohman (2-4)  L  - D. Weathers (2-6) S – None
Homeruns: C. Floyd (9) M. DeRosa (10)

Box Score

I came home from bible study last night and the Cubs were tied in the 6th at 4. With the Brewers winning, and Arroyo still on the mound for the Reds, I was hoping the Cubs would find some way to pull out a win. From the time I began watching, I saw nothing but frustrating baseball. Between the miscommunication between Soriano and Theriot on a pop fly to Soriano running into an out by 20 feet at third on a play in front of him, I was frustrated. Couple that with the fact that the Reds were up by two with an inning to play and I meant it was time to go to bed.

I woke up and looked at the standing on here to see how the Brewers did and saw that we were still up by a game. My initial reaction was one of confusion. Had my auto updating standings widget stopped working? That was frustrating right there. Then I decided that maybe, just maybe, the Brewers blew that game thanks to their bullpen. That pen has cost them quite a few leads this year so maybe this was another. I checked their score and saw they won. That surprised me because in my mind, there was no way they Cubs won that game.

I pulled up MLB.tv and took the time to watch the 9th inning, which led to elation. It’s wins like this one, thanks to clutch plays by your key guys, that help a team solidify a division down the stretch.

On a side note, I apologize for the crappiness of my recaps of late. I’ve been busy with things of late. Hats off to Rob and Matt for providing good recaps on their days. Rest assured, the next two will be great, because Rob is on the case.

Update: I forgot to mention that the Reds did finish the game under protest due to the way Piniella double switched with Soto. I can’t imagine it will hold up though. It would be hard to take away a win from a playoff contender on something that wasn’t even a factor in the outcome.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail