The ceremonies before the game made what happened afterward seem small. Matt Garza was modestly effective, and Mike Quade’s “kid” lineup got to Miguel Batista. But the Cubs’ bullpen couldn’t hold it down, and the Mets tied the game late. Six runs in the 11th sealed it for the Cubs, who got major contributions from Carlos Pena, Tyler Colvin, and …

Man, Bryan LaHair *really* wants to stay on the Cubs next year. The big, 28-year-old lefty went 3-4 with two doubles, two walks, and two runs scored.

This was the longest box score I’ve ever compiled (that happens in an extra-inning game in September), and yet one “kid” still couldn’t find the field.



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