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Much is Forgiven

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Last night's game was one of the most exciting games we have had all year. This game defined a high stakes pitchers duel (except the Pirates don't exactly have 'high stakes'.)

Carlos Zambrano pitched 7.1 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, but no runs. He owes a victory to Kent Mercker and Sammy Sosa. Mercker for getting two outs with the bases juiced, and Sammy Sosa for making the second out on a diving catch in right field that was simply spectacular (my guess is he saved about 3 runs). Walking away with a 1-0 Cubs victory... I am starting to believe that we will make the postseason, despite the Giants inability to lose.

Sammy's catch was such an excellent play, that I have named today's post for he and LaTroy Hawkins. Sammy, horrible year and all, came up with a game saving defensive play to rescue a win from the clutches of the loss monster. I watched the play, replayed it, again, and again, and again... and said to myself... "much is forgiven Sammy... not all, but much.

Hawkins also is partially responsible for today's post heading as well. Last week, when I was writing about Aramis Ramirez, I almost included a paragraph detailing Hawkins resurgence as the closer. However, I decided to put off the praise for another week, because I wanted a bit more evidence of the invincible Hawk. Well, its a good thing I did because Hawkins blew another save on Tuesday... but as with most of his blown saves, (5 out of 7 I believe) the Cubs still won the game. (After not being brought in last night in a 1 run save situation, LaTroy picked up his 23rd save this afternoon on a 3 run lead. Still, given a 1 run lead, I don't know that LaTroy will be getting the call in the future.)

Get out your Nimbus 2000s! Cubs sweep the Pirates!

Swept the Pirates!

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

Cubs 6, Pirates 3

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

Cubs 1, Pirates 0

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

Cubs 5, Pirates 4, 10 innings

Split a doubleheader with the Marlins on Monday.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable
Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Holy Cow!
Posted by Byron at September 23, 2004 2:19 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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