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Game 71 – Nothing To Write Home About

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Cardinals 6, Cubs 1

Box Score / Highlights

The Cubs and the Cardinals faced off in what would be a yawner of a finale, with the Cubs losing 6-1. Feldman looked a little rusty, earning 5 runs, one of them a Matt Holliday solo home run. His performance tonight makes me wonder if he was having flashbacks to the 2011 World Series. That Game 6 has scarred me for life, and I wasn’t even a part of it. I can’t image what it would have been like to be a part of that Texas Rangers team.

Other than Castillo’s second home run of the season (first since April 8!), the offense was quiet and left 6 men on base. I was really hoping for an offensive breakout late in the game, and was thrilled when Hairston came in to replace Schierholtz in the 8th (there was sarcasm in there somewhere). Unfortunately, Hairston struck out looking and my hopes of an offensive resurrection were dashed.

It seems like this Chicago/St. Louis rivalry is much less intense than I remember it being in the past. The past couple years have been anticlimactic, but I’m not upset about the lack of tension between the teams. With the number of brawls taking place around the league lately, I’m glad the Cubs aren’t involved in them for a couple reasons: 1) The whole team would get injured and land on the DL, and 2) Nobody would be available to trade due to injury, except for Marmol and Camp. Everybody knows that nobody wants those guys on their team.

On the downside, the television broadcast of the game was pretty unenthusiastic. I muted the TV and turned on Pat and Keith on the radio. It amazes me how Pat always has something to talk about and it’s somewhat interesting. He manages to call the game, keep Keith from rambling about obscure details, and incorporates Judd’s scoring reports all while discussing his top five favorite musicians. And people say that men can’t multitask.

The Cubs leave St. Louis tonight to turn around and face the Astros tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley at 1:20 PM. Maybe the short turn around will put some fire into their bats. Or maybe it will just make them tired and their woes at the plate will continue. We’ll find out this afternoon. Aren’t you excited?!

  • Well hopefully they won’t be overconfident against Houston. They certainly can’t be less confident, can they?

  • Well hopefully they won’t be overconfident against Houston. They certainly can’t be less confident, can they?

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I still miss the Astros being in the NL, if only for the fact they prevented the Cubs from being in last place in the division.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      We still have the Brewers. They are reporting that the cheating idiot will be on the DL for longer than the 15 day minimum, and are not sure when he will be back.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        True, but the Brewers seem to be on an equal level of craptastic-ness as the Cubs this season so they are not way back in last place like the Astros always seemed to be.

      • Don’t check the standings…

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        I know, both the Cubs and Brewers are tied at the moment (they seem to have trading positions in the cellar off and on the last few weeks). What’s even worse, the Astros are only 1 back in the win column compared to the Cubs.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I still miss the Astros being in the NL, if only for the fact they prevented the Cubs from being in last place in the division.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      We still have the Brewers. They are reporting that the cheating idiot will be on the DL for longer than the 15 day minimum, and are not sure when he will be back.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        True, but the Brewers seem to be on an equal level of craptastic-ness as the Cubs this season so they are not way back in last place like the Astros always seemed to be.

      • Don’t check the standings…

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        I know, both the Cubs and Brewers are tied at the moment (they seem to have been trading positions in the cellar off and on the last few weeks). What’s even worse, the Astros are only 1 back in the win column compared to the Cubs.

  • Doug S.

    Nice outing by Castillo, not much else to say about last night. Looking forward to a little Astro medicine.

  • Doug S.

    Nice outing by Castillo, not much else to say about last night. Looking forward to a little Astro medicine.

  • BLPCBB

    Woo Castillo left the No Homers Club

  • AC0000000

    Woo Castillo left the No Homers Club

  • Pat is the best. It gets interesting when Keith has to run solo…there is some real talent involved in calling a game.

  • Pat is the best. It gets interesting when Keith has to run solo…there is some real talent involved in calling a game.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I agree Pat can make watching grass grow seem interesting and fun.

    • That riff he did on ryegrass and tall fescues last night was brilliant.

      • Eddie Von White

        I have always been a fan of green grass.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I agree Pat can make watching grass grow seem interesting and fun.

    • That riff he did on ryegrass and tall fescues last night was brilliant.

      • Eddie Von White

        I have always been a fan of green grass.