If I’m reading my Mayan calendar right, with the Cubs scoring 11 on May 11, 2011, we can look forward to a 30-run explosion on June 30, 2030 against the Pirates. Swoot.

The Cubs won the one game this series that they were expected to win – can’t you see the slogan now? Chicago Cubs: doing the minimum that you’d expect, since 1908! – and it was the team’s first “blowout” win, to boot. After a 53-minute rain delay, the Cubs came out and actually scored with the bases loaded; actually got hits with men on base; actually won the game after out-hitting their opponent; actually got production from Koyie Hill!

And Hill probably deserves the enhancement, given how much I dump on him, but…

  • wax_eagle

    11 runs w/o the long ball. Bravo I say. Also lucky.

  • Michigan Goat

    Okay Q can you stop moving the kid around, let him settle here for a while, allow him to gain the confidence a youngster needs and let him focus on defense…

    • Dan0mite

      He’s leading off today.

      • Michigan Goat

        Why!!!!!!! He is worse than our previous managers when it comes to shuffling the lineup. Give the kid a spot and leave him there, I actually think 6 was good for him… Less pressure and he protects 3,4,5 since he is our best hitter.

  • Michigan Goat

    Does anyone have any info/stories on what got up Pujols butt last night… ESPN kept showing his frustration all night

    • Jim

      A hug perhaps?

      • Michigan Goat

        Hehehe… Ya hugging man boobs can have that effect

    • Ol’CharlieBrown

      I was wondering the same thing, Michigan Goat! I was at work and we had the game on but we had no volume so I couldn’t hear what was going on. It looked to me like Pujols had been thrown out at first and as he was heading back to his dugout it appeared to be that he was barking at Koyie Hill. Anyone know what was going on?

      • Michigan Goat

        Hey if Hill can get under the skin of a great like him… He might just have some value after all.

  • pfk

    Looks like Spellcheck finally came back down to earth.

    • Michigan Goat

      Cubs can’t score spellcheck lights out… He has a lead and this, go figure

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Orel Hershiser can sleep soundly again.

  • pfk

    Castro went 4 for 4? OK, now I guess it time to make him our cleanup hitter.

  • Michigan Goat

    On our two throw out at home did anyone else notice how poorly we ran from 2nd to 3rd and then how ridiculously wide the turns were at third… These are the fundamentals of base running that Q should be teaching but it seems like we just lumber around the base paths without urgency… And why are you looking for the throw as you make an overly round turn, cut the base and go strong for home. Both outs could have been avoided by making good turns at third.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Absolutely! Fukudome ran so wide at 3rd that I thought he went to get something out of the dugout. And it looked like Ramirez slid at the umpire instead of the plate. A better slide and he would have been safe.

      • Michigan Goat

        It is this fundamental base running that cost the team runs that no sabermetric can measure. Just look how Sori ran around 2nd before he was waved home, our players are jogging until they have instead of going full on every play… I know players and coaches don’t want injury due to base running, but this is unacceptable. I can live without steals but lazy sloppy base running is unacceptable. At least learn how to turn third like you are a professional player.

  • Spencer

    I was kind of disappointed at how Q handled Samardzija last night. The kid had been pitching well for a couple weeks, and a game like last night could end up being a backwards step for him. I understand that you don’t want to eat through the whole bullpen in a blowout, but it was pretty clear that he was struggling and I don’t think Samardzija is the guy you want out there biting the bullet for the team even if you have a seven run lead.

  • Michigan Goat

    Hey does anyone have some hi-res photos of field and the storm last night… I’ve seen some great images would like to get a print of how the sky looked over the field just before the rain

  • Steve

    Your suggestion of “teaching” these guys base running is ridiculous. Guys learn fundamentals in high school, not the big leagues. Old dogs, new tricks. Not going to happen. I would be all up in DeJesus’s face, instead. Know who you’re sending. One has average speed, possibly slightly better…and the other is a cement truck. I wasn’t shocked at all.

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