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If you’re going to beat Tim Lincecum, you might just have to shut out the Giants’ offense. Ryan Dempster did that for eight innings, but a leadoff double in the 9th scored after Carlos Marmol came in to try and close things out (some weak defense in center from Tony Campana didn’t do Dempster any favors). Thankfully the Cubs added a second run in the bottom of the 9th to walk it off.

I’ve given Mike Quade quite a bit of (deserved) grief, so it’s only fair that I point out something he did well: benching Aramis Ramirez in favor of Blake DeWitt seemed like a questionable decision before the game. Two hits and an RBI for DeWitt, and then a game-winning pinch hit for Ramirez later, and Quade looks like a winner today. Today.

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