The Cubs blew a big lead, only to come back and win it late. Neat.

I wanted to use a number of things for today’s enhancement. I was thinking about highlighting Rodrigo Lopez and commenting about how it might be time to let someone like Casey Coleman come up and get some starts. Or, I was going to highlight the six-run fourth inning, and superimpose my “Mike Quade – Y U NO take out starting pitchers” thing. Or I was going to comment on the power surge.

But, since it’s the first real opportunity I’ve had to use it this year (I don’t count the sweep over the Astros), I have to use this…

  • bazfan1234

    I was rooting for the Pirates to win the division, but they deserved getting swept by the Cubs after last year. Nice series for the Cubbies, I hope Ricketts does not get any bright ideas that this team can contend.

  • Chuck of Delraybia

    Eighteen more and we’re back at .500 baby!!!!

  • MichiganGoat

    I feel sick for the Pirates, of all the teams to do this to, today we suck for an entirely different reason. If the Pirates finish under .500 by less than 3 games there is no justice in baseball.

    • Dan0mite

      I really wanted the Pirates to win the division but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards. I just don’t know what to make of their fans. It seems they are way too willing to turn there backs on them. Sure they loss a four game set (and that sucks) but they are far more better than they have been the last several years. The fans just seem to have turned on them. They were packing that place day in and day out, but last night they only had 19,000 in attendance. I didn’t see the game tonight (I was getting drunk at the comedy club) but unless they packed the joint tonight; it just seems the fans are too picky. If you lose 17 seasons in a row, you should be ape shit for this team. This may just be me being a little drunky, but the boos and slipping attendance seems very bad. :(-+< (I am gonna post this anyways but is seems a bit snide to me (I'm not trying to bash Buc fans), hopefully the over arching point makes sense).

      • CubFan Paul

        i really wanted the Cubs to win the division..

      • hansman1982

        Eh, they are 1-7 since the 18th inning loss the other day…the team is done and that game broke them mentally.

  • Brian

    So when the Pirates were doing well I was fine with them winning and being division contenders but then I woke up. These guys (Pirates) have been giving the Cubs hell recently and it is great to see the crawling Cubs go to Pittsburgh and tear it up.

    Second point: Sure the Pirates have been in a drought. It has not been easy for them to win and we all get their sad tale. The Cub’s take the cake in the struggling team category.

    I guess I am just happy to see the Cubs actually spoiling another team’s season. Someone else would have finished off the Buckos but it is great to see the Cubs do it. If only the Cubs acted like spoilers from opening day…

  • Serio

    Great Illustration

  • Dan0mite

    Why did you draw a fork Ace? Zingggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Brett

      Fork you.

  • philoe beddoe

    I like Keith Moreland….loved him as a player, and I think he does a nice job as an analyst.(plus Zonk is a great nickname)…but I had to laugh at what he said after the game tonight…”Listen to this folks, the Cubs are now 10-10 since the All-Star break, and 5-5 in their last ten games”

    oh happy day

  • MontanaCubbie

    Although I sorta feel bad for the Pirates – this does in part make up for the last couple of years when they owned us. But did I misss something – why did Q double switch Sorryone when he planned to take Wood out anyway? Could have been a disaster in LF.

    • Brett

      You didn’t miss anything. It made no sense.

  • fire hendry and quade

    it seems to me a lot of cubs fans are mad cuz we beat the pirates. that the dumbest thing ive ever heard of i could never root against the cubs. screw the pirates im a cubs fan

    • Dan0mite

      I don’t think it’s that Cubs fans are mad that they beat the Pirates. I think the majority would have liked to see the Pirates win the division (better them, than the Reds, Cards and Brewers). This four game sweep basically sealed the deal that, that won’t happen.

    • MichiganGoat

      It’s not that I’m mad that the Cubs win, it’s more frustration that we do this to the one team that can win this division and deserves some good luck. If we were in a playoff race this would be great but we just ruined Pittsburgh chance at the playoffs. We need to be doing this to the Cardnials.

      • fire hendry and quade

        i understand i would much rather the pirates win the division than the cards or brewers i just cant root for the pirates to beat the cubs. hopefully the pirates go on a tear and get back in this thing

        • MichiganGoat

          But the more they lose the more likely your handle will become reality. The worse thing that could happen is for this team to go on a serious winning streak and convince Ricketts that Hendry and Quade need to return. You don’t have to root to lose just don’t pray for wins right now.

          • Hogie

            Well put

  • fire hendry and quade

    the way i see it the winner of the division will be around 90-72. already counting the 5 wins in a row we only have to finish 48-7 to win the division. so your telling me theirs a chance

  • Joe Cartwright

    Countdown to the Hendry-no-trade-verifying 20-game win streak: 15

  • CubFan Paul

    Streaking!! Let’s go streaking thru the Quad!! Brett you already know who I want in the series she view tomorrow & I’l be at the game saturday for my birthday!

    • Ron

      Lets hope the results are better for you than they were for Ramy16.

      • MichiganGoat

        Speaking of Ramy16 where has he been? I know ARam is as on fire (except for that one monster game this week) but 16 hasn’t asked for an extension in some time.

    • Brett

      You’re going to hate me, Paul. I couldn’t change it up after the Cubs swept… Have a blast at the game, and happy birthday.

      • CubFan Paul

        Brett if we lose Saturday, i’ll blame you..

        • hardtop

          I hope the Cubs get one for you Paul… is it Z pitching for your b-day? He’s actually due for a dominant performance. The last few outings, he’s been adequate, but not dominant.

          • CubFan Paul

            yea, i think z is ..this is actually my 1st game ever @Wrigley so im super f’n excited ..i’v had many chances to go with friends in the recent years but work, lack of money, & a whole bunch of excuses has kept me from my one and only dream so im at a lost for words to actually describe my excitement

   tearing up a bit, seriously, ..i love the Cubs

            • Fishin Phil

              Good for you Paul. Have a great time!!

        • Brett

          Totally fair.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Michigan Goat..iam here..just got home from work..Cubs on fire..and Yes Aramis is as well…I was talking to Carlos peguero last nite via facebook looks like he mite be expendable ..if we get rid of Soriano, i would love for hendry to replace left field with this guy..young and has some pop..with seattle getting Casper wells peguero has been on the back burner..guess what he wears number 8.. Humm maybe he can resurrect no.8… Lol only in left

  • bobbyd

    I would have rather seen Demp put a fastball in Holliday’s crotch than the Cubs take this series.

    [Although, after watching Larussa’s rant on SportsCenter today, I would accept a fastball into Tony’s mouth/groin as a consolation prize.]

    • Ron

      Has a pitcher ever thrown at the other teams manager before?

  • RY

    Gotta love a five game winning streak! Hopefully we can keep it rolling against the Reds, a team that has owned us the past two seasons! Not gonna be easy facing Leake and Cueto though. I agree and hope that Ricketts still shitcans Hendry and Q at the end of the season!

  • http://BleacherNation Bric

    Ace- What’s the prediction on Samardjia? I believe his contract is up after this year. He seems to have settled down into a servicable bull pen role but has been a disaster both pitching-wise and attitude-wise every time they tried him as a starter. I don’t see him coming back because too many teams will offer comparable money and the chance to start next year. Thoughts?

    • CubFan Paul

      Samardzija’s contract is up, but he has two Team Options totaling $6.5million ($3.25mil for 2012 & 2013) quite sure they won’t be picked up

      • MichiganGoat

        He’s actually shown some value this year and since our bullpen is pretty week I would be surprised if the pick up 2012. I’m not saying he’s worth 3M but it wouldn’t surprise me since to get a decent middle reliever may cost that much anyway.

        • CubFan Paul

          $3.25mil is kinda cheap for a veteran reliever, most dependable bullpen guys get about $4million annually so if they bring him back i’ll just shrug, because i want to see the fireballer Carpenter develop into something special

      • Brett

        I response before I see the other responses. Thanks, CFP. I think the Cubs will retain him, one way or another.

    • RoughRiider

      Samardjias’ contract may be up but the Cubs still have exclusive rights to him. He doesn’t have enough time in the majors to qualify as a free agent. More than likely he will be offered a contract by the Cubs and he will have to take it or stay home. My guess is that even though he has apparently turned things around and is doing well as a reliever he will take a pay cut.

      • MichiganGoat

        He has options for 2012/13

    • Brett

      I believe the Cubs have a couple of reasonable options on him. No one has talked about him leaving, so I expect he’ll be around. I doubt they’ll give him another chance to start after how good he’s been in the pen. I think he can be even better.

  • willis

    I don’t mind paying him $3.25 million. He’s been fairly valuable this year. And I think he’ll get better (he’s made huge strides this year). Especially if dude gets a real pitching coach.

  • Jim

    I have no sympathy for the Pirates folding. We have to deal with the Cubs breaking our hearts in numerous ways over the years, nice to see them spoiling another team’s season for once.

    Plus I remember the Pirates whipping the Cubs way too much over my 40+ years of being a Cub fan. This sweep only throws a little dirt on Rennie Stennett’s 7 for 7 and 22-0 defeat back in the 70s.

    • Fishin Phil

      You gotta admire the ability hold a grudge. I’ve been hating the Mets since ’69, so I’m right there with you buddy.