Darwin Barney hit a two strike, two out home run in the bottom of the ninth…. I’ll give you a second, those words aren’t typed every day…if ever…. to tie the Cardinals at 4-4 and Kim Dejesus’ husband would knock in the winner for a 5-4 Cubs win. It was a great ending for a day that started out poorly. The Cardinals opened up a 2 run lead early on starting pitcher Chris Volstad. Then it started to rain. This was particularly displeasing to the Cardinal fans, who have a strict policy of never standing under any form of running water ever. (I know, I know. I said starting today I wouldn’t take crack shots at the opponent. I didn’t say what time today however…). But the Cubs would battle back. A Darwin Barney RBI single followed by an Alfonso Soriano RBI double would tie it in the third. Alfonso Soriano is one RBI behind Ryan BrauHGHn for the NL lead. Something named Pete Kozma would steal home for the red birds in the 4th and would ad an insurance run in the 8th before Barney’s heroics. I like black and white. You like black and white? Let’s run runaway…
C’MON. WHILE WE’RE YOUNG.
Chris Volstad took the mound and brought the rain with him. It would not surprise me if all the rain in the Chicago area localized right above Volsatd’s head. Volstad started the game with a 37 pitch, 23 minute first inning, sucking the life out of everything. He would throw 116 pitches to get through 5 innings. Fifth straight game Volstad failed to get through 6. Still, after the game, Sveum praised Volstad for battling. 5 IP, 6H, 3ER, 3BB and 0K do qualify under “battling” I suppose. It was a Socolovich-Bowden-Russel-Camp-Marmol-Cabrera martini to complete the game. And it was a good one as it only allowed one run.
DEJESUS VS. SANTA CLAUS.
Up and down game for David Dejesus. He seems to have fit perfectly into Fukedome’s fielding shoes, as he’s an exemplary right fielder and a “meh” centerfielder. First play of the game saw a hit to centerfield that Dejesus clearly misplayed. And in general his defense appears to be more tentative in CF. I’m sure it’s a line of sight thing as his eye must be trained to seeing the ball come off the bat from right field. But moving forward, while Dejesus can play center it would behoove Epstoyer if the 4th outfielder can play center as well. On the plus side, 4-for-6 with the game winning RBI rocks. Thank you very much sir.
WALK OFF, WALK OFF, DON’T LOOK BACK, DON’T ASK QUESTIONS.
Walk off wins are just awesome. Anti Cubs people such as EVERYONE on the Score will laugh and point and joke about how “Cub fans think they just won World Series…” But you’re allowed to enjoy them. Because they have to include good bullpen pitching, a high compete level, and key hitting- three things the Cubs can always use more of. It helped that Wellington Castillo, who got the initial hit, Dave Sappelt- who sacrificed him over, and Brett Jackson-who pinch ran and scored the winning run were all involved in the win. If they can get two or three of these in this next week, and get that “So this is what you have to do” idea in their head going forward, that’s gotta be a good thing.
I do love starting the weekend off on a good note. It’s always fun to beat the Cardinals. Especially on days when Chris Carpenter pitches, although for his first game back he looked pretty good and will probably be a very effective (and annoying) factor for them in October. Travis Wood tries to keep it going against Adam Wainright, who throws the killer off speed stuff that should send many Cubs back to the dugout. But we got one. Which gives some optimism for tomorrow. To the start of a great weekend.