For a while, this had the look of a game that makes you remember how unpredictable (and awesome) baseball is. The Cubs scored off of Chad Billingsley, and Paul Maholm was great. How were they doing this after the disaster that was Thursday?
But then Kerry Wood let in a couple runs in the 8th. And then Rafael Dolis got screwed on a call (which got Dale Sveum ejected for the first time), which rattled him, and he started throwing balls. It felt all too familiar.
When Bobby Abreu hit a ball toward the gap with the tying run on first, I assumed the game was over. Not tied, mind you, over. I never considered the possibility that the Cubs would still manage to win, or – heaven forbid – that someone would catch the ball. But catch it David DeJesus did, and the Cubs … won? Awesome!
Too many great performances to enhance today, including DeJesus’s great day at the plate (Nobody F’s with DeJesus), Alfonso Soriano’s surprisingly spectacular day at the plate (Most People F with the Soriano), Super Joe’s homer, and Paul Maholm’s great start (especially considering the lineup he was facing). I also could have gone with Jerry freaking Hairston’s all-universe day.
But this stuck out too much…