The Cubs have a strong offensive lineup tonight, vs. Jeff Suppan who has struggled in September. Let’s hope his struggles continue. The roof is open at Miller Park, it’s a beautiful night in SE Wisconsin. Go Cubs Go!
The Cubs’ hitters made good contact in the 1st. Five batters came to the plate, and each drove a ball to the outfield. Two for singles, and Hoffpauir was robbed. Granted, Dee Lee’s single was off the glove of Craig Counsell, but it ended up in left field. They keep hitting like this, it will be a good evening.
There is a 2 or 3 second delay between the radio action and the ESPN video feed. So I get a radio heads up about what I’m gonna see. I like that.
The Brewers’ hitters didn’t get anything out of the infield in the 1st inning. Granted, Ray Durham’s single ended up in right field after glancing off the mitt of Dee Lee. If this keeps up, it will be a good evening.
The Cubs’ batters continue driving balls to the outfield in the 2nd, including Jim Edmond’s which sails over the fence for four bases. Cubs lead 1-0.
The Brewers find the long ball in the 2nd, including Jason Kendall’s RBI double over Alfonso’s head. Wake up, Alfonso. Game is tied 1-1.
In the 3rd, Suppan, looking very impressive, strikes out the side (Dee Lee, ARam and Hoffpauir) after allowing a single to Fontenot.
Dee Lee turned a beautiful 3-6-3 double play in the 3rd. You gotta admire that play.
I’m looking for Carlos Zambrano to come in from the bullpen in a couple of innings.
Am I the only one who’s tired of hearing about “Fred and Ethyl Mertz’s 45th Wedding Anniversary” type announcements during the game? Geez, Louise!
**GAME CHANGING PLAY ALERT** In the 4th, Hoffpauir loses his footing in right field, turning an out into a double for JJ Hardy. Oops. I hope he didn’t hurt himself on the slip.
Mike Fontenot is 3 for 3 so far tonight. Alfonso is 0 for 3 so far. Ryan Theriot is 2 for 2 so far. Maybe Soriano should not be batting in the lead off position.
**SECOND GAME CHANGING PLAY ALERT** In the 5th, Hoffpauir singles with 2 outs, placing Fontenot on 3rd. But Micah tries to take 2nd and he’s thrown out, ending the inning. So I guess he didn’t hurt his leg on the slip in right field. Maybe he rattled his brain, though. Then again, he wasn’t out by much at 2nd. So we’ll give Hoffpauir an “A” for aggressive base running, but he gets an “F” for f***ing up.
Soto gets pulled during his 6th inning at bat. He was wincing in pain while swinging at a pitch. Oh, man, we don’t need Geovany hurt. Oh man. Koyie Hill replaces Soto. Koyie fans. The next batter, Jim Edmonds, singles but is put out trying to steal 2nd base. He was out by a mile. Did Theriot miss a hit and run sign? Or what?
In the Brewers’ 6th, with Sean Marshall pitching, another fly ball to left sails over Alfonso’s head. We’ll call it a double for Ray Durham. Nice play, Alfonso. How’s the vacation going? Marshall walks Ryan Braun, and then makes Price Fielder look pretty uncoordinated as he goes down swinging.
Replacing Sean Marshall with 1 out in the 6th, Jeff Samardzija is throwing at 98 mph. Corey Hart slaps a fly to left. Too bad Alfonso is moving like a snail tonight. He casually watches the ball drop in front of him for an RBI single. That’s three hits so far he maybe should have had. 0 for 3 at the plate; 0 for 3 in left field (except for the gimmees). I am not, at this moment, in the Alfonso Soriano fan club.
Leading off the Cubs’ 7th and pinch hitting, my man, Kosuke Fukudome, does not distinguish himself. A dribbler back to the mound? Well, at least he doesn’t strike out like the next two batters, Alfonso and Fontenot, do.
Alfonso is now 0-4 at the plate. Maybe Soriano will step it up next week in the playoffs. Maybe.
Brewers 7th inning. Chad Gaudin pitching. Great play by Theriot. Then, catcher’s interference. Balk. Single. Three run homer to left. Brewers lead 5-1. Pick off. Double off the wall. Carlos Marmol steps in and puts out the fire.
Cubs 3 up and 3 down in the 8th. Seth McClung is looking very impressive, tonight.
And Carlos Marmol is looking pretty good himself tonight. He faces 5 batters and gets 4 outs.
Going into the top of the 9th, McClung has the Cubs 9 up and 9 down since entering the game in the 6th inning. (Jim Edmonds singled but was put out trying to reach 2nd on a blown hit and run.) Now it’s 10 up and 10 down. 11 up and 11 down. Ryan Theriot draws a walk.
Darlye Ward comes in to pinch hit with 2 out and a man on 1st. I have a very bad feeling about this. And the mighty Casey has struck out.
Looking back on it, I think the momentum of this game totally changed in the 4th inning when Micah Hoffpauir slipped in right field and turned an out into a double for JJ Hardy. No runs scored in the inning. In fact, the other 3 batters were all put out, including two Ks. But, for me, somehow the momentum shifted. I can’t explain it.
The Cubs now have about 96 hours to “get a grip”, or this is going to be a very short postseason.