Before we get to the recap of tonight’s game, let me express my feelings about Derrek Lee In The Rearview Mirror: “I will try to remember the good times, but it’s been over for a while now.”

Moving right along: Wednesday’s game (#128) was the final meeting of the 2010 season between the Cubs and the Nationals.  The two teams seemed pretty evenly matched at the git go.

Jason Marquis balked early in the game, and the Cubs returned the favor in the late innings.

Blake DeWitt, Starlin Castro & Micah Hoffpauir teamed up to create an outstanding  4-6-3 double play in the first inning.

Ryan Dempster and Jason Marquis took their scoreless pitcher’s duel into the eighth inning.  Mr. Dempster allowed only 2 hits (and no runs) through seven innings.

Colvin & Castro (“The C.C. Riders”) worked together to score the 1st run of the game in the top of the 8th inning.  Tyler Colvin (pinch hitting for Ryan Dempster) drew a walk and Starlin Castro doubled him in.  Aramis Ramirez drove Castro in with a two run homer.  Alfonso Soriano added a solo shot in the 9th.

Andrew Cashner and Carlos Marmol maintained the shut out through the 8th and 9th innings.  The Cubs won 4-0 and completed the three game sweep of the Nationals in D.C.

With this victory Mike Quade improved his record to 3-0 as a Major League manager, and the Cubs are back up to 20 games below .500.

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