The Cubs now sit two and one half games in front of the second place Brewers after the Braves won today’s game in extra innings 4-3.

The Brewers really blew a chance today missing some opportunities in the top of the tenth inning against the Braves. I was pretty nervous because they were in a position to win this game after taking the lead in the tenth and with Franciso Cordero having two outs in the bottom of the inning. If the Brewers beat both Hudson and Smoltz and went home it might be interesting…even more interesting that its’ already going to be.

John Smoltz had a no hitter going against Milwaukee into the sixth inning. The first hit of the game was a JJ Hardy home run following a Rickie Weeks walk to tie the game at 2. The game went into extra innings.

In the top of the tenth Corey Hart led off the inning with a home run to give the Crew the lead. The Brewers then got runners at the corners with only one out. This part gets confusing, and might really come back to hurt Milwaukee. With runners at first and third with one out Craig Counsell came to bat. They tried to bunt in the run, but not using the suicide squeeze, rather using the safety squeeze. Counsell got two strikes and instead of calling off the bunt (remember a fly ball and probably a ground ball still scores the run) Ned Yost kept the bunt on and Counsell bunted foul for strike three. The inning ended 3-2 Brewers.

Cordero came on to try to get his 45th save. He got two quick outs. Then Scott Thorman came in to pinch hit. He crushed a two out game evening home run. The ESPN radio announcers said this was only Cordero’s second surrendered homer of the year. Which, if true, means that the Ramirez home run in that amazing Friday afternoon game in June was the other one. Two pretty big shots.
In the eleventh Mark Teixeira hit the game winning single for Atlanta.

It’s really nice to be up by 2 1/2 instead of 1 1/2 going into tomorrow with Zambrano against Gorzelanny for us and the Brewers going against Braves pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes who has a 6.98 ERA. Chris Capuano will return to the rotation for the Brewers tomorrow to replace Ben Sheets. Hopefully, tomorrow’s start is just the icing on the cake of Capuano’s very bad year.

By the way the Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10. Lou said that he thought they could get hot once more. Again he was right. How about the awakening of the Cubs bats?
Today I think Len and Bob said that there was a chance that Geovanny Soto was going to replace Henry Blanco on a potential post season roster. So that might answer that question.

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