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Mile High Win

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!

Make that 3-0 in the Nomar Garciappara (correctly spelled Garciaparra) era.

The Cubs won tonight over the Rockies by a score of 11-8, at Coors field. Carlos Zambrano got the start, going 6 innings, allowing 4 earned runs, 8 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. When he left the game in the 6th, the Cubs were down 4-1, but Jared Wright left after 5.1 innings, and the Cubs offense went to work on the Rockies bullpen.

The Offense posted 4 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings, and another 2 runs in the ninth. The big blow was a 3 run home run from Sammy, which tied the game, and tied Sammy with Reggie Jackson on the all-time home run list with #563. Todd Walker, and Aramis Ramirez also hit home runs tonight, as Nomar went 2 for 5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, and Derrek Lee went 3 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored.

In the long term, Corey Patterson's night just might be the big story. In his third game leading off, Corey seems to be adapting to the lead off role pretty well. He went 3 for 5 with a walk tonight, and scored a run. Two of his hits came off of bunts, and he stole second base (his 17th, and 2nd in 2 days)... you know, thats what you ask of your leadoff hitter... meriting a 'Cubdom Congrats' for C-Pat!

The Cubs bullpen struggled a bit, although that is expected in Colorado. Kyle Farnsworth got the win, despite throwing 4 pitches, allowing two home runs, and lasting only a third of an inning. LaTroy Hawkins closed the game again tonight, although the Cubs had a 4 run lead. After a lead-off dinger granted to Todd Helton, Hawkins retired the next three batters in order.

Around the League: The Cardinals won tonight on a walk-off home run from Albert Pujols to triumph over the Expos. As a result, the Cubs did not pick up a game in the Central division and trail the Cards by 9.5 games. However, the wild-card fortunes are looking up with both the Padres and Giants losing in their games to the Phillies and Reds respectively. With the Padre's loss, the Cubs have a 1 game lead in the wild-card and would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

Posted by Byron at August 4, 2004 11:41 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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