Game Fifty-Five – Cubs 10 Rockies 9
WP – Scott Eyre (2-0) LP – Manny Corpas (0-3, BS 3) Save – Kerry Wood (13)
No one, not even Lou Piniella saw this one coming. After rain delayed the start of the game for 22 minutes, the Rockies jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the 4th inning. The Cubs scratched out a run in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to 7. The Rockies got the run right back in the top of the 5th on a 2-out run scoring single off the bat of Omar Quintanilla. The Cubs went quietly in the bottom of the 5th and Piniella emptied his bench in the 6th with his team down 9-1.
Micah Hoffpauir led off the bottom of the 6th with a ground rule double into the ivy in left center. Kosuke Fukudome followed with his 3rd home run of the season, the 2-run shot to left center trimmed the Rockies lead to 9-3. Jim Edmonds stepped in and hit his first home run as a Cub to straight away center….the Cubs offense went back-to-back for only the second time on the season and after 6 innings the score was 9-4.
Mike Fontenot reached on a 1-out single to left in the 7th. Henry Blanco hit his first home run of the season into the left field bleachers….Cubs down 9-6. Micah Hoffpauir took the first pitch from Aaron Cook into right center and chased Cook from the game. Manny Corpas gave up a single to Kosuke Fukudome and a bases clearing double to Jim Edmonds. With the tying run on 2nd, Mark DeRosa deposited a 3-2 pitch from Corpas over the left centerfield wall. The Cubs scored 9 unanswered runs and put together one of the most memorable comebacks in team history….without the likes of Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto in the lineup.
Carlos Marmol earned his 16th hold of the season by striking out the side in the 8th….all looking. Kerry Wood gave up a lead off walk in the 9th but Garrett Atkins lined into a 4-6-3 double play and Todd Helton popped out to right to end the game.
At the conclusion of the game Pat Hughes summed up the Cubs win perfectly, “Cubs Win! One of the most unbelievable comebacks in the history of this long franchise. The Cubs have beaten the Colorado Rockies 10-9. One for the memory books at Wrigley Field today. The Chicago Cubs have comeback to beat the Rockies 10-9.”
After the game Lou Piniella said, “It was a good team win. What can I say? No, it was a great team win.”
When the Cubs took the lead in the 7th they tied a 73-year old club record. The Cubs have held a lead in 21 straight games for the first time since September 4-September 27, 1935 when they won 21 games in a row. The Cubs won their 5th straight and improved to 13 games over .500 on the season.
Ted Lilly was just horrible over the first 3 innings of the game. To say Lilly was ineffective would be an understatement. Lilly gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning and 3 more in the 3rd after an error by Jim Edmonds. Lilly had one good inning, the 2nd, and thanks to the offensive he did not have to find answers to why he was so bad after the game. As good as the comeback was, Ted Lilly’s performance is equally concerning.
Jon Lieber did his job once again. He gave up 2 runs in 3 2/3 innings on 5 hits but limited the damage and gave his team a chance. Scott Eyre faced one batter in the 7th, retired Omar Quintanilla with a runner in scoring position to end the inning.
All of the Rockies’ runs came with 2 outs.
Jim Edmonds had his best game as a Cub and was just a triple short of a cycle. Edmonds was 3-for-4 on the afternoon with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
Friday afternoon was an incredible comeback. To come from 8 runs down on two separate occasions to win a ballgame is something that is not seen everyday. Lou Piniella has his team pointed in the right direction.
Ryan Dempster is scheduled to face former Cub, Glendon Rusch, on Saturday just after high noon.