Cubs Visit St.Louis by the CubbyDude Tuesday 09 September 2008

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After the Sunday night meltdown, I spent 24 hours listening to “How Long Must I Cry” by Tommy Castro. That helped. And I enjoyed watching Cincinnati come back to defeat the Brewers last night. So I’m ready. Let’s get this show on the road!

Except for Soriano’s K, I like the way this is starting. 1-0 Cubs. Like I said: Good start. 2-0 Cubs. Good start with the exception of DeRosa’s K. And Edmund’s. Ryan Dempster looks sharp and in control in the bottom of the inning.

Two innings, 4 strikeouts for the Cubbies. In the bottom of the 1st, Dempster had Molina 0-2 and walked him.

Triple for Theriot. If this is how Ryan Theriot plays when he’s “under the weather”, I hope he stays that way. RBI single for Aramis. 3-0 Cubs. Cardinal’s third baseman Troy Glaus is out of the game with a shoulder strain.

Len & Bob are having a discussion is about Albert Pujols requiring Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after the season ends. Lot of that going around. “The World’s Greatest Cub Fan” (my dad) says he thought it was mostly pitchers who need that procedure. Are other athletes (besides ptichers) routinely becoming candidates for the Tommy John surgery these days? 3-0 Cubs after four innings.

Score remains 3-0 going into the 6th inning. Cubs load the bases as Lohse is pulled for a reliever, RHP Jason Motte. Cubs strand the 3 runners. I would feel better if the Cubs had about 10 more insurance runs. Re: the need for insurance runs. Albert Pujols swings at the 1st pitch and slams a 3 run homer to tie the game at three. I think Ryan Dempster might be running out of gas. Good news (sorta): Jason Motte is pulled for a pinch hitter. No more Motte tonight. Score is 3-3 going into the 7th inning.

Derrek Lee looks at a called 3rd strike (6 inches off the plate as Bob Brenley says). There should be some kind of technological verification for calls like that. As we used to say : “Hey ump – put yer glasses on”. Score tied 3-3 heading into the 8th inning.

Unfortunate bunt by Soto. 3 outs. Bud light commercial: “Hey roomies – say Hi! to Brian!!” Great double play; Marmol to Lee! 3-3 going into the 9th inning.

Soriano kills the “rally” hitting into a double play. Should have bunted. In the bottom of the 9th, Marmol balks the runner to 2nd base, and walks the pinch hitter. Barden bunts runners to 2nd & 3rd with 1 out. Game over, Cardinals win 4-3.

The Cubs were out played tonight, a recurring theme lately. Forgive me for this, but I think the soundtrack for the rest of the evening will begin with “Spiral” by John Coltrane.
I’ll be back tomorrow night.Feast of Love full

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I'm a third generation cubs fan, living in southeastern Wisconsin.