The Cubs are gonna win today! Today’s game was the normal Cubs roller-coaster. Real frustration through the first two-thirds, particularly the sixth. How in the world did we put a guy on third with nobody out and not get him in?
My big frustration with the 2009 Cubs is that we don’t do too well if we don’t: 1. Have a lead in the 9th or 2. Score at least 4 runs.
So there we went into the 7th inning with a big old goose egg on the scoreboard. Things were not looking good at all. Fortunately things took a right turn in the seventh; the Cubs won and we got to sing the song.
That notwithstanding I have a question for some of the more learned readers of this site. In the 8th inning there was an interesting interference call at the plate – the ball struck Pierre in the left knee and it was called a strike. Pierre squared up to bunt and his left leg was clearly out of the box and in the strikezone. I felt it was a bad call – my understanding of the interference call on a pitch in play is similar to what Wikipedia has posted under “catcher interference:”
The most common incidence of interference is when a member of the offensive team physically hinders the defensive team, decreasing their chances to make an out or increasing the chance that a baserunner will advance. Whenever this offensive interference occurs, the ball becomes dead. If the interference was committed by a batter or a baserunner, that player is called out and all other runners must return to the bases they occupied at the time of the interference.
Pierre was given a strike after being hit and he was thrown out at first afterwards on a questionable call (of course there is no such thing as a make-up call.) But is my understanding of this call correct pursuant to the rulebook? I’m hoping somebody such as Dave or MJ can check this out and clarify it for me as well as other readers.
I also want to tip my hat to the Dodgers on their aggressive baseball style and pitching. Billingsley was a bad boy and the Dodgers remind me of the 2003 Cubs. It’s gonna be a real fight against LA and they are the best team in the NL right now.
Hopefully we can take take 3 out of 4 against these guys – tomorrow we face Randy Stutz and his 4-1 record. Three out of four since the losing streak isn’t bad, we just have to keep the streak going.