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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bounce Back

Well, the Cubs and the Bulls bounced back to make this Chicago Sports fan happy, at least for a few more days. The Cubbies came to play in game two of the four game series in Shea Stadium 10-1. Nice. The Bulls, stunningly, suprisingly, mysteriously, came back to win Game 5 of the Second Round of the Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs. How the hell did that happen? I'm not sure, but it's great to see the Bulls, at the very least, go out like Men and with Pride. Gotta like it. Unless you're a Pistons fan. It helps when the Bulls shoot 57.3% from the field, including 62.5% from the arc. When P.J. Brown (8) out rebounds Big Ben Wallace (5) and the Bulls still win 108-92, it's good news for Scotty Skiles and the guys.

So, the day when Carlos Zambrano changes his mechanics a bit, he comes out like a superstar, holding the big bats of the New York Mets to one run on six hits and three walks over 8.0 innings. By far his best outing on the season to this point. Green's leadoff homer in the bottom of the fifth was the only blunder on the day for Big Z. Not too shabby at all. Endy Chavez helped out with his 3 LOB, of course, but the Cubs will take the win, for sure.

Being such a blowout, they got to rest Mark DeRosa for a game. Can't really feel good about the 0-5 night Alfonso Soriano had, but Ryan Theriot continues to impress with a three walk and one hit day from the leadoff spot, scoring two runs. He's up to .313 BA and .383 OBP in the season. Dig it. How about Cliff Floyd going 3-5 from the 2-slot. Not sure how this guy is doing it or why he's batting second, but hell, I'll take it. Daryle Ward went 2-4 with 2 RBI, a run scored and a double. He's got a .348/.516/.478 going. With Derrek Lee maybe out until the weekend showdown with the ChiSox, it's nice to see Ward contributing while the Northsiders need him. Jacque Jones went 2-4 and I really like seeing him in the seven slot. Hear that Dusty? Sweet Lou showing the Cub Fans on a daily basis why they're much better off with a REAL baseball guy steering the ship.

Hey, I haven't even mentioned Aramis Ramirez' Grand Slam yet. Top of the sixth with two out. Gotta like that. Well, unless you're Scott Schoeneweis. Or John Maine, since it put the game out of reach and notched his first "L" of the season.

Can Rich Hill keep up the good work tonight? I hope so. Maybe they can make it back to .500 again.

Go Cubs!

Go Bulls? Can they really win Game 6 at home and force Game 7 out of this one? We'll find out tomorrow night.

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