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No, that is not a typo. The Cubs – and that lineup – actually beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers last night. Travis Wood was fantastic, and the Cubs kept putting runners on base, eventually breaking through.

The Cubs stranded 13 runners and barely did squat with runners in scoring position, but, because they pulled out the win, no one will really focus on those things (plus, that story is so played out at this point). That’s fine with me. I’ll focus on one of the most impressive parts of the win (excuse the “pithes” typo):

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  • Stockholm Cubs

    That ought to be an earned run for Wood. But hey, who cares!

  • JM

    Who knew that taking pitches and fouling them off could result in a win?

  • MichiganGoat

    WHAT? How did we score 3 runs? It had to be 6 walks in an inning because everyone promised a no-hitter.

    • ssckelley

      No, I think the no no is this afternoon against their 5th starter Nolasco.

    • Herp A. Derp

      Everyone promised!!!

      • MichiganGoat

        [img]http://i.imgur.com/qk2UKgm.jpg[/img]

  • arta

    still rooting for Lake, but he sure does leave a lot of runners on base.

    • Rcleven

      Kershaws hook just made Lakes look silly.

    • cub2014

      that’s why lake is a leadoff guy. speed,
      on base and you bat him 5th? I get the
      AB’s for Castro as leadoff but Lake 5th?
      I hope theo hasn’t been filling out this
      lineup card if he has the CUBS are in trouble.

      Best lineup is:
      Lake
      Castro
      Rizzo
      Schierholtz
      Navarro/Castillo
      then????

      • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

        On base?
        I’m guessing you’re basing this off his .304 AVG with .385 BABIP….the 4% walk rate tells me he is absolutely NOT a leadoff guy.

  • Adventurecizin’ Justin

    I know Kershaw is uber-nasty, but I’ve noticed the Cubs swinging at alot of pitches in the dirt. This has me wondering…is there a tally anywhere showing swing-and-misses on balls in the dirt per team?

  • Senor Cub

    My first time watching Kershaw pitch…WOW is he impressive!

  • mdavis

    my only nit-pick here…if you were going to bat Rizzo, why not bring him up with the bases loaded and no one out? I woulda rather had him hitting than Bogusevic.

  • cubzfan

    OK, the score isn’t a typo, but “pithes” is, right? Or am I missing a meta-joke somewhere?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Aw crap. And when the typo is in the doodle, it’s usually there to stay.

    • JM

      I’m glad you asked that. I wondered if I was missing something too. I usually am…

  • ncsujuri

    The pitch count played a role in his leaving after 5.2 but also the liner that went off Kershaw in the 6th probably played into it as well.

  • 5412

    RISP. 2-14

  • jt

    It seems to me that recently Castro has been taking much better swings at much better pitches?

  • Clark Addison

    Fouling off a lot of pitches is the approach that hitters used to use against Prior. We all know about his pitch counts.

  • willis

    Best thing about last night was Wood’s awesomeness. He was just very, very good against a tough lineup.

    But the AB by Castro late where he turned hard on a fastball and knocked in a runner, also huge. He actually looked like a hitter last night. He’s got about a month left, let’s see if he can build on this.

    • cubsin

      I’m actually a fan of Castro’s, but a blind squirrel reference seems mandatory here.

  • DarthHater

    I see that Marmol went a third of an inning last night and now has a total of 12 innings in 12 appearances for LAD. Yep, they’re really stretching him out into a starting role there, aren’t they, Die hard?

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