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

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Hit For The Sweep

Reed Johnson, of our beloved Chicago Cubs, gets the classic of all classics today, the walk-off HBP, and tops off the sweep of the Atlanta Braves to the tune of 3-2. Add this one to the comeback file, with the Cubs coming back from a 2-0 deficit created by a bleacher blast in the 2nd by Jeff Francoeur. Oh yeah, also put it in the sub-file "Extra-Innings", cause this baby happened in the bottom of the 11th. The Cubs are now 6-4 in extra frames.

Oh yeah, man. This one feels good. Let us not forget that with one out, in the bottom of the ninth, Jim Edmonds helped further the (evil, evil) post-Redbirds thoughts in many fans noggins this afternoon as well, tying up the game at two apiece with a solo shot in the left field basket. Len Kasper had a great call on this homer as well, giving a well placed "Hey Hey" tribute to the legendary Jack Brickhouse, as the cameraman quickly panned in and out, in true WGN Turn Back The Clocks fashion.

Jimmy has raised his numbers up to .268/.311/.482 with 11 RBI in 19 games as a Cub. Against righthanders, he's poppin' for a .306/.352/.551. Guess that's why the Reedster plays when the southpaws show up on the hill.

When I noticed the Cubbies pulled up EP and Hoffpauir instead of my man Matt Murton, I wondered quietly, or perhaps aloud (it gets confusing sometimes), WTF?! Then, realizing it's Sweet Lou we're talkin' about here I did a Woody Paige and checked the schedule. TBJ pitchers Burnett, Halladay and Litsch are all righties, so Lou, being, well, Lou, brought up two lefties replace Soriano and Hart. It's so nice to have an actual manager on the North Side.

I'm seriously unconvinced that Patterson can hit at the Major League level, but, it could be much, much worse, as bobbyd at Fire Dusty Baker stated.

Now it's on to that other country to the north, well, to the east of Detroit at least, to see how Sean Gallagher can do for openers. Don't forget your passports! (hear that Eric?)

Go Cubs!!

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