Cubs 6 Dodgers 3
And the youth shall led them…tonight was so much fun to watch. In my eyes this is what the future can look like. The Cubs played a solid game..one they could have easily given up on. Mark Prior pitched very well, he had a shaky start and the Cubs got down by 2 early. Prior settled down and kept his team in the game. Prior ended up going 6 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 7.
Nomar got the scoring started with a solo home run. Nomar has had a lot of health problems over the past several years, but he can still hit. When he went on the DL in April, he was hitting .157. Nomar is
now up to ..267. I would still like to know if he can play second base. Ronny Cedeno hit second in the line-up tonight and played very well. Got his first stolen base and went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Cedeno is really playing well, both at the plate and in the field. I hope Dusty lets him play as often as possible. He does not look or act like a rookie. And then there’s Matt Murton..
Where can this guys not hit? When Murton was sent to AAA (for the first time), he hit .353 and tonight he went 1 for 3 with a run scored and his Major League average is up to .339. With the recent departures of Matt Lawton and Todd Hollandsworth, Murton should play everyday. He also stole his first big league base tonight and had a sac bunt that led to a run in the 8th. DLee also went 1 for 3. The bullpen of Ohman and Novoa held the lead and Dempster closed it.
Also, by boy Scott McClain had a pinch-hit double tonight, keep an eye on this guy. He wants to play and it shows. This team looked different tonight. The Cubs looked like they wanted to play…and away we go!
Wednesday – Glendon Rusch(5-7/4.35) vs. Derek Lowe(8-13/4.11)
The rubber game. The Cubs need this game with the long road trip ahead. Derek Lowe has been a disappointment this year for the Dodgers after coming over from the Red Sox. The Cubs have beat him this year, and with the way they played tonight, they should again tomorrow.
Rusch has to pitch better than his last 2 starts and give the offense a chance. Dusty needs to keep playing Cedeno and Murton and see what they can do on a daily basis, not just spot starts. Hollandsworth was traded last night, could Walker be going to the Indians tonight? Will Neifi be a Cub tomorrow? Nomar? We will see…but what will the Cubs show us tomorrow?
Build on this… and just win!!