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There have been times this season when I seriously doubted whether this team would ever get above .500 again. Well, I'm proud to report that its May 30, and this team is one game above .500.
Of course, that last sentence should depress you a bit. Honestly, if someone had asked you at the beginning of the season whether you would be satisfied with our record at this point in the season, nobody but a Cardinals fan would have answered affirmatively. But, circumstances change and I feel a bit optimistic about our new-found winning ways.
At the Bat: I caught the last seven innings of today's game on Comcast, and it was a sound victory. Jerry Hairston Jr. apparently lead off the game with his first home run of the year. Later in the first inning, Neifi Perez, Aramis Ramirez, and Jason Dubois combined to push a run across.
In the fourth inning, Corey Patterson lead off the frame with a double, and Michael Barrett hit his fifth home run of the year to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Greg Maddux committed a throwing error allowing JD Drew to reach first. Jeff Kent then singled and Olmedo Saenz hit a double driving in both runners when Corey Patterson had a little trouble locating the ball.
In the fifth inning, Aramis Ramirez went yard to give the Cubs their fifth run, but in the ninth inning, Olmedo Saenz returned the favor to give the Dodger's their third run of the night. The final score was 5-3.
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On the bump: Greg Maddux had a 'Maddux' outing. His stuff didn't seem real impressive, but he went six innings, allowed two runs (one earned), five hits, and didn't walk a batter. He struck out three while getting several ground ball outs. (Comcast showed this table during the game... incidentally Erickson and Maddux both pitched.)
At one point in the game, all Cubdom had their hearts skip a beat as Cezar Izturis lined one back out of the box that nearly hit Maddux in the head. In fact, when they played back the hit in slow motion, it looked like it grazed off of Maddux' hat. So, the Cubs were about an inch away from losing the third member of their starting rotation.
Neifi Perez: Coming into tonight, Perez has hit .381 in his last ten games. After his hot start, and subsequent cool-down, Neifi! seems to be back.
Corey Patterson: Saw 6 pitches tonight in 4 at-bats. Granted, he went 2-4 with a run scored... but still.
Aramis Ramirez: His new nickname should be "triple shy." Ramirez has been a triple shy of the cycle each of his last two games. Woo! Ramirez is getting hot.
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