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It’s another series win for the suddenly hot Chicago Cubs. It feels foreign. And awesome.

Jeff Samardzija was strong to quite strong, and helped himself at the plate with a two-run homer. The Cubs’ bats probably could have scored even more than they did, but six was plenty. Alfonso Soriano had yet another outfield assist, and Kevin Gregg survived his first semi-rocky (Rockie?) 9th inning.

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  • fromthemitten

    oh the beauty of a pitcher’s error keeping their ERA pristine

  • DocPeterWimsey

    The Cubs are now 3-1 since I graced them with my presence! I do love a good coincidence….

    • pete

      An excellent example of the proverbial small sample as well.

  • TonyP

    Woot!

  • W_Francisco

    hey look, they arent in last place anymore

  • Chase S.

    The bat flip!

  • Rsquared

    We aren’t in last place anymore!!!!!!!!!’

    • CubFan Paul

      That’s not a good thing. We’re supposed to be tanking (aiming for a Top 5 pick in 2014 or Top 3 if all sucks to “plan”)

      • hansman1982

        There’s a mid-season sell-off to happen yet.

        If we are bad enough to sell off, you can ensure that Theo and Jed will sell off enough to make us terrible.

      • svazcub

        They only need to be among the worst 9 teams to have a “guaranteed pick” (in other words, one they won’t lose if they sign a FA).

  • Rcleven

    All production still coming from 1 thru 4. Would like to see more from 5-6-7 but a win is a win.
    Shark going 8 gives the pen a break.

  • Diesel

    It’s nice seeing our starter go as many innings as the other team pitched

  • Dynastyin2017

    The best part of the Shark start? How about keeping his pitch count under control so he could get through eight innings. That’s what staff aces do.

    • Cyranojoe

      Amen! I kept looking at the count in Gameday, and seeing three-pitch at-bats end in outs, and thinking “He’s got it, he’s got it…!”

  • Kyle

    This is seriously not a terrible baseball team. Theo, you magnificent genius, it’s all coming together.

    Just a bit of positive variance and we can have a spirited June/July debate about whether we’re buyers or sellers.

    • college_of_coaches

      Okay, first the avatar, and now this. Who are you and what have you done with the real Kyle?

      • Kyle

        Hey, I’ve been the one arguing forever that we aren’t as hopeless as people think. That’s what would get me so frustrated when it seemed like Epstein and Hoyer weren’t giving their full effort to the current team (turns out, they were just having their budget slashed, but that’s a whole other story).

        Although if we pull a miracle but and get back into it, only to miss out by one game, I’m going to look back at Lillibridge and cry.

        • hansman1982

          Well, I think I was calling Theo a genius WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY before you were.

          Bandwagon jumper.

          • Kyle

            I’ve been calling Epstein a genius for just as long. Even geniuses can screw up.

  • David

    Cubs are only 6 games back of a wild card! Do you believe in Miracles?

    NATIONAL W L PCT GB
    Cincinnati 24 16 0.6 -
    Pittsburgh 23 17 0.575 -
    Arizona 23 18 0.561 0.5
    Washington 21 18 0.538 1.5
    Colorado 21 19 0.525 2
    Philadelphia 19 22 0.463 4.5
    San Diego 18 21 0.462 4.5
    Chicago Cubs 17 23 0.425 6
    LA Dodgers 16 22 0.421 6
    Milwaukee 16 22 0.421 6
    NY Mets 14 23 0.378 7.5
    Miami 11 29 0.275 12

  • JulioZuleta

    I think from now one the Cubs should cancel SP’s bullpen sessions and just do Tom Emanski defensive fundamentals drills. The pitchers’ collective defense is just incredible.

  • When the Music’s Over

    DeJesus is having a really nice year. Whether he’s on the Cubs beyond the next 1-3 months, I really hope it continues. He’s been a class act from day one on a team with limited hopes – a refreshing, and increasingly rare trait in modern professional sports.

    • svazcub

      A big part of the reason Dejesus is having such a good season is the fact that they aren’t playing him against LHP.

  • hansman1982

    12-7 when taking the lead first.

    • waittilthisyear

      i heard that yesterday as well, and it surprised me. if memory serves me correctly, which obviously it doesn’t, they seem to jump out to an early lead all the time only to see the offense go stagnant and the opponent come back. but apparently thats not the case. i better start looking into these so-called “statistics”…

  • sven-erik312

    Grear win last night, every win is a great win.

  • willis

    Solid start by Shark. And he was awesome at the plate. Two series in a row against winning teams. Good to see.

    Don’t look now but this team is learning how to win.

    Cubs win, Griz win, BBQ fest kicked off, wonderful night.

  • http://Bleachernation Loyal100more

    Keep it remotely competitive. Keep the seats filled. Keep the plan moving forward.

  • Die hard

    Another example of why this pitcher should bat 8th

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