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I went to the game this evening with two of my brothers and my mom. We sat in the bleachers near Al Yellon's band of merry men. The weather was magnificent, if not a little warm. The wind was blowing out to left field, and the breeze was cool. In short, perfect baseball weather.
The game itself was a little disappointing. The Cubs only scored one run, and that came in the ninth inning on a solo shot by Aramis Ramirez. This was followed by a feable attempt to rally, but Miguel Batista closed the game without allowing another run to cross home plate.
On the Blue Jays' side, they scored early. After pushing across a run in the top of the first off John Koronka, they came back for a three run shot in the second. Although Koronka settled down after that (his primary problem was that he wasn't throwing strikes), the damage was done and the Cubs offense couldn't muster a comeback.
In the fifth inning, the Cubs gave the Blue Jays five outs as Aramis Ramirez and Jerry Hairston Jr. both committed errors (While fact checking, I noticed that Ramirez was not assessed an error, but he still should have made the play). However, to his credit, Koronka escaped without allowing a run to score.
In a hypothetical world where Mark Prior pitched tonight, I'm not sure if the Cubs would have won the game. But I certainly think they would have had a better shot. Once they were down by four runs, there wasn't too much fight left (especially after a GIDP in the second with the bases loaded.)
Well, having concluded my second trip to the bleachers in the last 11 days, I must report that I have witnessed two of the previous three Cubs losses. Furthermore, while I was present, Scott Lange's perfect streak at Wrigley ended. The following day, when Scott attended and I didn't, the Cubs won. With that in mind, Al and I have concluded that I might possibly be bad luck when sitting in the bleachers. It doesn't quite seem right, because I really do Bleed Cubbie Blue, but I think I'm done taking chances until at least September.
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