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Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Resume: I have always been a fan of the word resume. Multiple meanings, one word... you know the drill. For instance:

The Cubs resume their schedule this week after taking four days off for a Hurricane.

Or... I prepared my resume while waiting for the Cubs to resume their schedule... both of which are true sentences.

Ah, the joys of returning for another semester of school. I am back, and I am busy. Not only are the computer labs (where I work) busy again, but I am also spending most of the time I spent blogging this summer, studying the intricate details of the Federal tax code, or learning the various manifestations of 'the matching principal.' All in all, its a return to normality that I don't really relish, and my time for obsessing about the Cubs is drastically curtailed.

Anyhow, now that the Cubs are playing again, I get to start watching most of the games, since I now have TV in the apartment, although the internet connection isn't working for some reason.

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

Returning to action on Monday, yesterday, the Cubs looked like they made the most of their time off. The offense did what it was capable of (9 runs), and the starting pitching was what we have come to expect (8 innings, 1 run).

  • Bottom of the First:The Cubs offense came out strong with A-Ram, and D-Lee both going yard, to give Carlos Zambrano a 3-0 lead.
  • Top of the Second: Zambrano loses command of his pitches, loading the bases via walk, and hit batsmen. However, unlike mid-90s Cubs pitchers, our rotation typically gets out of these predicaments... and yesterday was no different. Carlos escapes the inning, 3 run lead intact.
  • Bottom of the Second: Mark Grudzielanek connects with a pitch and deposits the 194th Cubs home run of the season into left center. For Grudz, its #5. However, following the dinger, Michael Barrett is thrown out at 2nd base, trying to stretch a single into a double. Half an inning, a microcosm of the offensive season... home runs and base running gaffes.
  • Bottom of the Third: Derrek Lee takes his 50th walk of the season (he finished yesterday with a .900 OPS), followed by a Moises Alou double, that should have been a triple. Aramis Ramirez follows up with his second home run of the day. Cubs 7, Expos 0.
  • Top of the Fourth: Corey Patterson was playing out of position (or Juan Rivera hit a ball where the scouting report said he wouldn't), allowing Juan Rivera a double to lead off the inning. Rivera later scores, the only Expo to cross the plate. Cubs 7, Expos 1.
  • Top of the Fifth: There were two interesting plays this inning. In the first play, Carlos Zambrano lost a shoe trying to field a dribbler. He ended up throwing the ball away at first, although it did not result in the runner taking an extra base. This play (poor decision by Z to even throw the ball) was in stark contrast to Ben Grieve making a fine catch against the Ivy in his Cubs debut. However, Grieve emerged from the greenery with a bloody eye, and had to leave the game. (Grieve was playing in right field due to Sammy's sore hip.)
  • Bottom of the Fifth: Aramis Ramirez nearly hits his 3rd home run of the day, and Moises Alou nearly gets thrown out at first following the catch... further prooving that Alou has no idea what he is doing on the basepaths. Do you think we could bring Nomar back next spring just to teach his teammates how to run the bases?
  • Bottom of the Eighth: Mark Grudzielanek proves that he has the ugliest swing in baseball. I don't know how he manages to hit .300 when he flails at pitches... ugly swing... decent results. Also, Michael Barrett continues his quest to get Jim Hendry a ginormous pay increase. Barrett hits dinger #14 off Rocky Biddle, scoring Tom Goodwin, and running the score to 9-1.
  • Top of the Ninth: Ryan Dempster throws a 1-2-3 ninth inning. In 10 appearances, Dempster has not allowed baserunners to reach only 3 times, and has a WHIP of 1.67 complementing a 4.00 ERA. However, remembering the fact that he is returning from Tommy John, he looked pretty good yesterday.
Posted by Byron at September 7, 2004 4:09 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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