When was the last time the Cubs won a game like that? Down three runs early. Rain delay knocks out the starting pitchers. Game goes into extra innings. Other team screws up to give the game to the Cubs. I can think of a million times the Cubs have lost games like that, but not the last time they won a game like that.

And it feels good. So does Tyler Colvin breaking out of an 0 for 33 slump with a couple big hits. So does a season-high, two-game winning streak!

Do I risk ruining that good feeling by pointing out that the Cubs were their same old selves with runners in scoring position (2 for 13) and left 11 men on? Oops.

Back to feeling good…

  • PFK

    The biggest joy I got from this was seeing Colvin get a couple hits and score the winning run. I’ll bet he feels great and got some confidence back. Now, PLEASE keep playing him and let him get some rythym. If he goes back to the bench now, well, I may go postal!

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      I’ll go with you.

  • Cpat

    Since when does Ryan Madison Blow a save to the Cubbies! Colvin is batting .106 now YAY! Sean Marshall was amazing on the hill last night! I think you could deal him to the Yankees right now and get good prospects since they are in a huge need of a setup man! Geeze not to mention his .95 era!!

    • Jelly

      No way. I say deal Marmol, and keep Marshall on as new closer.

    • Ace

      Marshall could be a closer on most teams, that’s for sure.

      • http://BleacherNation Bric

        There’s no doubt Marshall is easily the most covetted player by other teams: young, good, great attitude, low money, and no NTC for a difficult position (lefty relief). But the only reason that Hendry should consider it would be for starting pitching in return. And last time he had that type of player (Gorz) he traded him away for a couple of minor leaguers we’ll never hear from again. So please don’t trade him.

        • Ace

          Yeah, I’d rather the Cubs traded Marmol and made Marshall the closer. Marmol would probably get just as much in return, probably more (on reputation and role alone).

          • http://BleacherNation Bric

            Agreed. I still think if the Cubs had offered Marmol and McNutt to the Padres they could’ve gotten Gonzalez and Porada. We could’ve replaced Marmol with Matt Capps and the Pads could then get rid of Heath Bell. Instead Marmol got a NTC and became another nail in Hendry’s coffin of options.

            • Raymond Robert Koenig

              I don’t think the Padres would have taken Marmol in a Gonzalez deal. Then other teams would have known that Bell had to go and they could’ve low-balled them.

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      Colvin’s over .100? On fire.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Ace, could you check the rules on the interference call for me? I believe the umpires got it wrong. I think they can’t call interference on a play when a home fan helps the home team. The play should have stood as originally called.

    • Jelly

      I was thinking something similar. In that case, what’s stopping them from acting like they’re reaching for the ball just to get the call overturned? Plus, it looked to me like the ball actually went THROUGH his forearms, hit the railing, and bounced over.

  • ReiCow

    “So does a season-high, two-game winning streak!” –

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Never mind, Ace. I googled it. The umpires did the right thing. Once they decided the fan reached INTO the field of play, it was interference.

    • Ace

      You beat me by 5 minutes.

      3.16 When there is spectator interference [which you correctly identified as the fan reaching into the field of play] with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference.

      • http://calebshreves.blogspot.com Caleb

        Still should have been a triple though.

        • Brian

          If it was hit by Campana it would / should have been an inside-the-park home run.

          • Ace

            It’s the ump’s discretion, so that actually raises a pretty interesting question: does the player’s speed come into consideration? It probably should.

            • Raymond Robert Koenig

              I don’t know how MLB’s replay rule is worded. If ‘conclusive” evidence to overturn last night’s call was needed, the umps gave Philadelphia a home-town call. As for a runner’s speed entering the discussion, the umpires would never take that into consideration. Once they decide the play by a ground rule, the call is as good as written in stone.

              • Raymond Robert Koenig

                Gammons just called Wrigley Field “a dump”. Oh, boy.

                • Ace

                  Yup, already posted. (you keep me on my toes, RRK)

  • Kid

    If there was a reasonable basis to conclude that there was interference, the umpires did the right thing. But the replay was inconclusive. The fan’s hands were definitely over the fence, but the ball didn’t hit his hands, it hit halfway up his arms. I don’t know whether or not it would have ended up being a HR or not, but that’s ultimately the point. It was called a HR on the field. The replay was absolutely inconclusive. The HR call should have stood.

    • Ace

      Is that the MLB standard (i.e., same as college football)? Replay has to be conclusive to overturn the call on the field? If so, you’re totally right.

  • RY34

    The look of excitement on Colvin’s face after he thought he hit a homer and then when he scored the winning run was a beautiful thing to see. Hopefully this gets him kickstarted in the right direction and ding dong Quade lets him play his way out!

  • Jeff

    The best thing about the game last night was seeing the emotion the players had all night. Even ARam showed a little emotion. It was great seeing all the guys so into the game and wanting to win so bad.