Bedtime for the Brewers

With fifteen innings of no-hit ball pitched by Lilly and Zambrano over the past two games, the Cubs are riding a growing wave of confidence into the postseason.  Now all they need is to beat one of the best pitchers in the game tonight to feel unstoppable.  The bats seem to be coming back to life as well.

I feel a little bad for the Astros having to play two games in Milwaukee that were supposed to be home games for them.  Mike and Mike were asking whether there could’ve have been any other better options for an alternate site for the Cubs-Astros series.  They suggested nearby Round Rock (AAA affiliate) or the Rangers’ stadium.  It is a good point, but if the Astros had won even one of the two games (or even got a few hits for that matter), no one would probably be having this conversation.

Did anyone else hate that the anchor on ESPN kept referring to Zambrano as Zam-BRAN-o (bran as in “Raisin Bran”) during their highlights of his no-hitter?  Continue reading

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Break Over… Let’s Get Back to Work

Tomorrow night we embark on the 2nd half, and it looks like Ted Lilly will get a chance to make up for his last start in which he allowed 4 ER and only lasted 2.2 innings.  I am excited for the rest of this season.  Seeing the Cubs pitchers do well against the best of the AL in the All-Star Game was encouraging. Continue reading

Hope Springs Eternal

Boom

Traveling across the river to watch the fireworks in Bettendorf threw a monkey wrench into our typical Cubs-viewing routine.  We had to discontinue our television viewing just after Edmonds received his standing ovation from the St. Louis crowd before his first at-bat (ho-hum).  A small, portable radio informed us of Soto’s hardball home run as we played a game of whiffle-ball home run derby.  Finally, as the immoderate grand finale was happening, a man sitting near us with earbuds engaged announced to us that the Cubs had won the game.

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Miscellany 2: The Vengeance

Another great post by Matt Veto today.  He makes a great point about the HOF game that was scheduled for today, and he says some nice things about Reed Johnson that are right up my alley (Sorry I forgot to mention your little Trufflehunter hookbeard on my facial hair post, Reed).  Veto also posted a link to The Ted Lilly Fan Club, and it is well worth checking out.  They have a poll question posted at the top of the page: Continue reading

The Best Game I Never Saw

I sat at work today, occasionally looking at the score of today’s Cubs vs. Rockies game.  After a 4 run deficit in the 1st inning and a 8 run deficit by the middle of the 4th inning, I had all but written off this game.  At least we can take care of them tomorrow and salvage the series…right?  Well, by the 7th inning, Continue reading

Pittsburgh

A weekend in Pittsburgh is, well, you know what happened. Although Aramis Ramirez, the Cub RBI machine got key hits in both of the Cubs’ losses, the Cubbies found ways to lose. A lost fly ball Continue reading

5/07/08 Notes

Jon Lieber gets his first start of the year and he promptly gives up 4 HR’s in one inning.  As I am typing this, he is not yet out of the second inning, so that total could change. 

*  I really have to agree with what Cubfan1452 said  Continue reading