The Cubs led briefly late in this one, and, although a diving Ryan Sweeney catch in center field in the 7th briefly preserved that lead, James Russell gave it up on a Mark Trumbo homer in the 8th. That kind of sucked. Then, with the game tied in the ninth, the Cubs put two on with no outs … and failed to score thanks to three straight pop outs. That kind of sucked.

But then Anthony Rizzo hit a two-out, bases loaded double in the tenth that cleared the bases and gave the Cubs the win. That was kind of awesome.

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  • Jay

    No one noticed the 4-18 with RISP because we see it every game. Meanwhile, surprised Dale didn’t throw Russell under the bus, declaring “He must not have paid attention to the scouting report on Trumbo, which said “NO hanging curveballs.””.

  • Die hard

    Darwin Bellyfire came thru– good for him… Move him to SS and Cubs are set for 5 yrs… trade Castro

    • Jay

      Yeah, great idea. Barney makes past shortstops like Bowa and DeJesus look like Barry Larkin compared to him offensively.

      • Die hard

        With Barney you get 120 % every game … Castro not so much

        • MichiganGoat

          Ah BetterMath

        • Cubbie Blues

          So, if he gave 120%, wouldn’t that make it his new 100% and all the other times he wasn’t giving his all?

    • baldtaxguy

      “…and hire Sandberg as manager, of course….”

      • Die hard

        Best idea you’ve had yet… He’s not yet accepted Phil’s offer or would’ve been mgr month ago

        • MichiganGoat

          Ah Die Hardian Logic 101: Make a prediction and then when prediction doesn’t happen change the prediction to put the blame on the person you predicted would do something. Sooooo if Garza doesn’t hit the DL this week as you have predicted then is it because Garza is refusing the DL assignment? Steroids? an infusion of BELLYFIRE? A thesis could be written on your internet tactics. Great work keep it up it is quite enjoyable.

      • Die hard

        I am sure he’s responsible for helping turn Brown around… Could help Castro too… Recall Sandberg struggled until shown how to power the ball

    • JoeyCollins

      This is a joke right?

  • EricR

    Cody Ransom continues to impress me. Its a shame about Russell but no one has a perfect season.

  • OCCubFan

    4 for 18 with RISP should be expected. Cubs overall batting average is .248. Although there will frequently be cases above or below this range, the expected number of hits in 18 ABs is 4.5; i.e., 4 or 5. Thus, last night’s performance was typical of a team with an overall BA near .250.

    • Brett

      Given the RISP storyline of the year, and the fact that 4-18 isn’t good, I’m just saying it would have been mentioned if the Cubs had lost. They had a looooot of baserunners last night.

      • Die hard

        Players job to get on.. Mgr job to get them in

        • MichiganGoat

          I’m going to bite… how does a manager score players? Does he pinch hit? Does he never K, pop out, GIDP? Do you suggest the only manager worth having is:

          • Oswego chris

            Tony Stark would be smarter…but would isolate his players with his attitude…

            Hey, I just made the connection…I wonder if Tony is related to the Starks of Winterfell?

      • MichiganGoat

        It all about the wins vs losses. If we loss this thread would become the latest episode of “Days of Our Sveum” where we discover which way he ruined the game. The “FIRE SVEUM HE’S A BUM” voices are now louder than the RISP discussion. ITS ALL HIS FAULT.

  • OCCubFan

    Cubs’ run differential is now 0. Eleven ML teams have worse run differentials, but better won-lost records.

    Fifteen teams have negative run differentials and 14 have positive differentials. The Cubs should be right in the middle of the pack.

    The Pirates are only 11 runs better than the Cubs, yet the Cubs are 9.5 games behind the Pirates.

    • Kyle

      Yeah, I’m not at all convinced the Pirates are a better team than the Cubs. But it’s probably too late to make up the difference in variance, unless something very miraculous happens very quickly.

  • Dustin S

    Sweeney’s turned into a nice little waiver pickup, especially if he can play a decent CF.

    I have to agree too with the poster yesterday that mentioned liking Hollandsworth in the booth. It’s surprising because he has always been like nails on a chalkboard for me in the post-game CSN shows, but in-game he added a little enthusiasm that has been missing.

  • OCCubFan

    Sveum did a very good thing last night when he brought in his closer in a non-close situation in the 9th inning. He brought in Gregg to face the meat of the Angels’ batting order with a man on third. Had Sveum saved Gregg for a later closing situation, the Angels might well have won the game in the 9th. There are no guarantees, of course, but what Sveum did gave the Cubs the best chance of winning.

    • BluBlud

      Despite my dislike for Sveum right now, I actually agree with this. I thought he did a great job of managing the game last night. Plus, the fact that it was Russell that gave up the tying run, I can live with that. We know most time Russell will get through that situation, but you can’t be perfect every time.

  • Diggs

    Nice to see the Cubs take some walks.