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Game 7: And Then There Were Two

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Brewers 0 @ Cubs 8

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

WHAT WENT RIGHT

  • The third inning. Steve Clevenger led off with a double. Reed Johnson followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0 good guys. After a one-out hit by David DeJesus, Darwin Barney drove in the Cubs’ second run with a knock to CF.  Starlin Castro came through with another single to make it 3-0. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third. Alfonso Soriano broke it open with a two-run blooper to RF. He even managed to steal second! Ian Stewart brought home run number six with a single the other way.
  • Matt Garza took advantage of some rare run support and cruised to his first win. Garza went 8.2 innings, punching out nine Brewers. By the way, did you see his throw to 1B in the ninth? Yikes!
  • DeJesus covered a ton of ground and made a fantastic sliding catch down the RF line. Did I mention how much I like the DeJesus acquisition?
  • The Clevenger show continued in the fourth as he collected his second double of the game. An odd play between 1B and 2B allowed DeJesus to reach and Clevenger to score the Cubs’ seventh run. Barney actually drew a base on balls (not a typo), and Zack Greinke’s day was done. Castro greeted reliever Manny Parra with an RBI single to make it 8-0.

WHAT WENT WRONG

  • Very little. Not even Len and Bob could mess up this day. However, they gave it their best shot with a painful discussion about “the Strasburger.” The Dickey Simpkins seventh-inning stretch didn’t help much either.

DOIN’ IT THEIR WAY

Many of my Cub fan friends hate the Milwaukee Brewers. For some reason I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Brew Crew of yesterday. Maybe it’s just another nostalgic leap back to the 1980s (kind of like when I watch reruns of “WKRP” and listen to Loverboy “Get Lucky” on cassette).

Of course we all remember Yount, Molitor, Cooper, and Oglivie. However, my Milwaukee favorites tend to be less celebrated. Here’s a snapshot of “old pals:”

  • Moose Hass, 1976-1985 (as a Brewer)—You gotta love a guy named Moose. OK, his real name is Bryan, but what’s fun about that? In 1983, the Moose racked up a 13-3 record with an ERA of 3.27. The Fonz would be proud!
  • Rob Deer, 1986-1990—And you thought Alfonso Soriano struck out too much? In 1987, Deer whiffed an astounding 186 times in 474 at bats. The good news…he hit bombs. Deer was the text-book definition of “all or nothing.”
  • Greg Vaughn, 1989-1996—Another power hitter, Vaughn was fun to watch and frustrating to watch, often in the same game. He would club a light-tower homer in one at bat and look completely over-matched in the next. His best season (50 home runs in 1998) came in a Padre uniform. I don’t have a soft spot in my heart for the Padres (see NL playoffs, 1984).

Jeff D’Amico, 1996-2002—D’Amico’s injury-plagued career lasted only 784 Major League innings. In 2000, he was reasonably healthy and went 12-7 with a 2.63 ERA. I have no idea why I rooted for this guy. Maybe he pitched for my Diamond Mind Baseball team back then. Maybe I’m just a sucker for players with odd names. Maybe he’s a distant cousin. Maybe he owes me money. Maybe they’ll bring back “Saved by the Bell.” Maybe Twitter is just a fad. Maybe Oswald acted alone. Maybe aliens have planted some sort of mind-control device in my brain. Maybe it’s time to end this article.

  • BLPCB

    I met a Brewers fan today from Wisconsin who somehow wasn’t a Packers fan. Said he was a Bears fan. He must have been dropped on his head as a baby.

    • Doc Raker

      I was thinking the Cubs fan that roots for the Packers must of been dropped on his head at anytime in his life.

      • Seymour Butts

        Not my fault, dog knocked me off a fence at age 4.

      • Eddie Von White

        Except the Brewers didn’t become a baseball team until 1969 and by then some of us were already Cub/Packer fans.  You can’t just switch teams like that…

      • BLPCB

        I wasn’t dropped on my head. I realized Bears fans are the dumbest fans in the NFL

  • AC0000000

    I met a Brewers fan today from Wisconsin who somehow wasn’t a Packers fan. Said he was a Bears fan. He must have been dropped on his head as a baby.

    • Doc Raker

      I was thinking the Cubs fan that roots for the Packers must of been dropped on his head at anytime in his life.

      • Seymour Butts

        Not my fault, dog knocked me off a fence at age 4.

      • Eddie Von White

        Except the Brewers didn’t become a baseball team until 1969 and by then some of us were already Cub/Packer fans.  You can’t just switch teams like that…

      • AC0000000

        I wasn’t dropped on my head. I realized Bears fans are the dumbest fans in the NFL

  • Eddie Von White

    Good job, Buddy. I remember those Brewers of yesteryear. We could have a soft spot for them because they were in the American League.  I was rooting for them in the ’82 World Series against the Cardinals. It’s a different story now.

  • Eddie Von White

    Good job, Buddy. I remember those Brewers of yesteryear. We could have a soft spot for them because they were in the American League.  I was rooting for them in the ’82 World Series against the Cardinals. It’s a different story now.

  • RichBeckman

    I thought at the end of the third I could hear the entire Cubs organization sigh “I love it when a plan comes together”.

  • RichBeckman

    I thought at the end of the third I could hear the entire Cubs organization sigh “I love it when a plan comes together”.

  • Nice, Buddy!!

  • Nice, Buddy!!

  • Doug S.

    A great win!! I didn’t miss the bullpen nail-biting-turn-disgusting experience one bit.

  • Doug S.

    A great win!! I didn’t miss the bullpen nail-biting-turn-disgusting experience one bit.

  • Doc Raker

    The Brewers are a misplaced American league team to me, good job with the Brewer nostalgia.

    • BLPCB

      I wish Kansas City had moved to the NL instead of the Brewers in 1998. Then there would be another team in the AL Central to make life hell for the White Sox, and it would make the Packers-Cubs thing a lot more common. Because when the Brewers were in the AL, the White Sox were their biggest rival.

  • Doc Raker

    The Brewers are a misplaced American league team to me, good job with the Brewer nostalgia.

    • AC0000000

      I wish Kansas City had moved to the NL instead of the Brewers in 1998. Then there would be another team in the AL Central to make life hell for the White Sox, and it would make the Packers-Cubs thing a lot more common. Because when the Brewers were in the AL, the White Sox were their biggest rival.

  • Seymour Butts

    We now have 2 games where the starter was pulled with 2 outs in the 9th following an error on a play that would have ended the game. Where is Ed Hartig when you need him.

    • Jedi

      To be fair, Garza was yanked after his own error.

      • Eddie Von White

         An errors an error.

  • Seymour Butts

    We now have 2 games where the starter was pulled with 2 outs in the 9th following an error on a play that would have ended the game. Where is Ed Hartig when you need him.

    • Jedi

      To be fair, Garza was yanked after his own error.

      • Eddie Von White

         An errors an error.

  • Seymour Butts

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    • No idea. What method are you using to login? I have a Disqus account and it’s rare that I ever have to login.

  • Seymour Butts

    test.
    Note to Lizzie. I am attempting to change my gravitar account to match my current email.
    Note to Joe why do I have to retype my info in every time? only happening last 24 hrs. Also occasionally asked to match letters to prove I’m human (up for debate) what gives/

  • Seymour Butts

    test failed, I give up,,, for now.

  • Seymour Butts

    test failed, I give up,,, for now.

  • BLPCB

    Finally booked my trip to Miami. Can’t wait to see the Cubs destroy the Marlins, and then the Bulls destroy the Heat. I’ve got my sign for Cubs-Marlins figured out
    Miami, where Chicago’s trash belongs: Bozo, Ozzie, Wade, and Buerhle

    • Buddy

      That’s pretty funny.

  • AC0000000

    Finally booked my trip to Miami. Can’t wait to see the Cubs destroy the Marlins, and then the Bulls destroy the Heat. I’ve got my sign for Cubs-Marlins figured out
    Miami, where Chicago’s trash belongs: Bozo, Ozzie, Wade, and Buerhle

    • Buddy

      That’s pretty funny.