Cubs 3 Cardinals 2
It was a cold, cold day at Wrigley but the hearts of the Cubs Faithful were warmed by some solid pitching and some clutch hitting. Michael Barrett and Derek Lee received their silver slugger awards before the game, but after this one they should have traded them in for gold. The Cubs have a lot of fight this year, and they proved it again on Saturday. When the reigning Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter is on the hill against a future Cy Young winner you know you are in store for a low scoring pitchers duel. Carpenter had the Cubs number, fanning nine and holding the cubs scoreless through six. Zambrano was just as spectacular, Z allowed two unearned runs in the 6th. The 6th was the long one for Z; he threw 42 pitches and walked three. The rally started on a muffed steal attempt by Jim Edmonds and the rare error by Derek Lee. Edmonds scored when D-Lee was supposedly pulled off the bag on a bad throw from Cedeno at short. From my seats I took a look at the monitor right after it happened and it was plain and simple that Lee remained on the bag. That does not mean Cedeno should use Lee’s entire 6′ 5″ frame to make what should be any easy put out. The Cardinal fans that are always abundant at Wrigley came to life and started to taunt as if the game was over. The Cubs couldn’t answer in the bottom of the 6th and I was extremely close to calling it a day, and I don’t leave games early. But it was that cold, and I couldn’t bear the thought of Z throwing another great game and getting the loss.
But after Scott Williamson came in during the top of the seventh and pitched a brilliant inning, my wife and I all of a sudden became warm and we stayed for another Cubbie comeback. Many people like to stay for the seventh inning stretch, and head home, especially today due to the windy and very cold conditions. John Cusack was the man behind the mic; the I am a fan of the team in Chicago that is winning type of guy. After he sang Harry’s song, which now should be Santo’s song, the Cub “Freezing” started to head for the exits. The Faithful watched their Cubs fight back for the win. Murton started the 7th with a line drive single, Cedeno flew to center and the new silver slugger came to the plate, Michael Barret, he thawed out the rather frozen Wrigley Field with a two run shot that ended up in the left field bleachers. The bullpen did the rest as Ohman and Howry made the thoughts of an overpaid bullpen seem like yesterdays news. Wrigley erupted and we knew we had the meat of the line up coming up in the bottom of the 8th.
D-Lee came to the plate with nobody on and zero outs and took a fastball from Josh Hancock and put it in the bleachers. Cubs 3, Cards 2. Dempster came in and with the help of a nice play from D-Lee got his second save in as many days.
While watching the game from my second home, section 508, I noticed some things on the field that I haven’t seen in some time. Excitement, fight and enthusiasm on every play. For the second game in a row Juan Piere came running back to the dugout with his arms in the air like a little kid. Friday for Murtons incredible throw to D-Lee for the double play and on Saturday after the final out was made. I am pretty sure he knows this was game 4 of 162. But he sure doesn’t act like it, and that is something I haven’t seen from a Cub in a long time.
Go Cubs Go, Go Cubs Go, Hey Chicago what ya say the Cubs are going to win today….blared from the speakers at Wrigley and the Cubs were thinking sweep and so were the Faithful….the ones that stuck around.
Thats my Wrigley Perspective….until next time, but always….GO CUBBIES!!!