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Oh hellllll yes. I remain pessimistic about the Cubs’ chances of making a meaningful run this year, but that was a fun game to win.

Randy Wells was incredibly shaky early, and his velocity is clearly down. But he actually managed to cobble together a decent start, and suffered from a distinct lack of defense. Seemed like it wouldn’t much matter, though, what with Yovani Gallardo making the Cubs his collective bitch for seven innings.

But then, he left. A few batters later, Aramis Ramirez was homering to tie the game. A couple innings later, the Cubs were walking off courtesy of a Starlin Castro single. Just awesome.

Chris Carpenter was greeted rudely in his Major League debut – his first pitch resulted in an RBI double. Welcome, dude. Other than that pitch, though, he looked pretty good.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Wow…this made my night..who’s pitching tomorrow?… Possible sweep

    • Jelly

      It’s a 4-game series. Z today, Garza tomorrow.

  • Michigan Goat

    It’s about time he gets to hit 2, it’s the perfect spot for his skills. I think the pressure to knock runs when he was batting 3 was messing with his current skills. So Q when Barney returns are you ready to leave 1-4 the way it is? However you know what this win means? Q and Hendry new muti-year deals.

  • Dan0mite

    Ace you missed a keep component in tonight’s wins. Tony Campana. His speed was a direct contributor to the win.

    • http:// ed

      It’s true Campana created that winning run, but lately Castro is looking like the future franchise that we saw potential for last year.

      Castro, Barney and Campana are exciting players. To bad they are all leadoff/two hole types.

      • Dan0mite

        I’m not discrediting Castro I’m any capacity. I just think Campana deserves his due.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

          Sorry, you’re right – go “Campy”!

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Lol at Michigan goat…I’ve heard through a friend that a scout was down watching yonder alonso ..I wonder what it would take to get him from the reds?

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Especially with Votto at 1st

  • auggie1955

    I’d like to see Campana get more starts. He can make things happen as we saw tonight. I would platoon him and Johnson in CF.

  • TWC

    I’m quite fond of beating the Brewers. It makes me happy. It makes me even happier to do it on a walk-off.

    • Hogie

      I live in Northern Wisconsin, it makes me REALLY happy!

  • Korean Goat

    Look at this

    BASERUNNING
    SB: Gomez (15, 2nd base off Marmol/Soto), Braun (16, 2nd base off Wells, R/Soto), Wilson, Jo (1, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto), Morgan (3, 3rd base off Wells, R/Soto).

    dear Soto or Hill
    please cease them above tomorrow night

    But winning is always sweat haha
    Let’s go cubbies

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      It seems like the Cubs have quietly been terrible this year at cutting down steals. It seems like Soto hasn’t been good at it in a while, but this year has been a sore spot.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    Nice win!! Really wish I had been able to watch the game, but it wasn’t on TV in my neck of the woods.

    Quade and his cute little nicknames for everyone have been getting annoying for some time now, but did he really just call Castro, “Cassy”, in his post-game interview?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      He did. “Cassy” has been his pet name for Castro for a while. Some of them are pretty ridiculous.

  • PFK

    It’s fun to watch the kids as they are causing all the excitement these days. Although I could use less of Castro’s fielding excitement. His glove hasn’t improved one iota from last year and he is among the worst fielding shortstops in the game. Somehow, this has simply got to get better. At some point the, “he’s young” excuse will run out.

    • Fishin Phil

      Agreed. I’m still cutting him some slack this year, but after this year he will start to remind me of Dunston…..”He just needs a little more seasoning”. They said that about Dunston until he was 32.

  • pfk

    Dunston would make a great play and then boot a simple grounder. He never did learn to lay off the low and away pitch and Castro is getting better at that. I still think Castro will get it together in the field but I’m starting to get a little nervous.

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

      Next game I go to I’m bringing my STARLIN-O-METER sign!

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        Ah, the SHAWON-O-METER… happy times indeed.

  • pfk

    After watching Soriano, Ramirez and a few others, the kids seem to be playing at such a high speed and energy level and having fun doing it. Its a hoot to watch even with some rookie type mistakes. I love the energy and the athleticism. This is what I’ve been waiting for and I’d go to the ballpark to watch them – not the aging slackers.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Winning certainly helps, but, yes, the energy seems to be up the last few days.

  • Fishin Phil

    I would like to commend Blake DeWitt on the play he made on the ball that Betancourt hit. I thought for sure it was going to the wall, but he cut it off and held him to a single. I must admit, I thought playing him in left field was stupid, but he seems to be catching on after an initial rough start.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      His versatility could really prove a benefit in the coming years.

  • Jelly

    Brewers LOB = 31. Cubs LOB = 8. I’ll take that, even with all the errors.

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