Rodrigo Lopez does what he does, which is pitch well for the first time or two through the order, and then give up some runs. It wasn’t too bad this time – mostly because Mike Quade pulled the plug on Lopez in the sixth.

The Reds may have shopped around for a better starter, but tonight, Mike Leake lifted his team on is back, and locked up the Cubs’ offense for most of the night.

The Cubs’ bats were handcuffed until the 9th inning when a two-out infield dribbler by Starlin Castro set the stage for a game-tying two-run bomb by none other than Bryan LaHair. That was all swell, but the Cubs lost the game in the 13th.

  • Jasper

    I don’t think this will ever get old. Well played Sir.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Jas. I’m a little, little man.

  • MichiganGoat

    Hey this was Grawbow’s first loss, I guess no Cy Young for him.

  • ry

    How ironic that our september callup from the minors was the one who came up with a clutch hit for us. Another great game by Tyrd!

    • Fishin Phil

      What is the record for most men LOB in a season?  Maybe that is what Byrd is shooting for.



  • Ron

    Q’s response to the EBS, that is why I have only hit and run like 5 times this year.

  • 1060Ivy

    Season has been over for months and there’s not many rays of sunshine from the Cubs 2011 season but still I’m impressed by the turn around that Jeff Smardzija has completed this season.

    I wouldn’t have bet a dime at 1,000 to 1 that Smardzija would have a lower ERA and similar WHIP with more innings pitched than a relatively healthy Kerry Wood.

    Great for Spellcheck!

    • Brett

      Yup. Nobody would have.

  • TWC

    “Shopped around for a better starter”

    Tee-hee-hee. Love it.

    Anyone else get the feeling that during the 12th, Quade looked at his watch, yawned, and said, “fuck it, I’m tired. Let’s put Grabow in and all go home.”

    • Brett

      Ha. Nice.

  • RY

    Well said TWC, I love it. The scary thing is there probably is some truth to it!

    • TWC

      FWIW, I had the same feeling every time Piniella put in Bob Howry.

      • Brett

        Jim Hendry loved him some 30-something, overpriced, coming-off-career-year, middle relievers.

  • Spencer

    I’m going to keep advocating for a suicide squeeze every time Campana gets on third base for the rest of the year.

    • Brett

      He’d probably pull off the straight steal on botched attempts at least 25% of the time.